Postpartum Depression In The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is staying at a summer home while her husband renovated their house. This house was also used to be an old nursery. In the nursery she was not allowed to go inside some of the rooms, however the room she stayed in had this yellow wallpaper that she disliked for a while. Her husband, John, also thought it would be a good idea to bring her to this summer house because she was ill. She had postpartum depression and it progressively got worse throughout her two month stay at the summer home. Even though she had postpartum depression, I fully believe she was fully aware that she was staying at a summer home and not anywhere else. She knows she is in a summer house because she has been asking to visit a summer house for a while and she has family with her throughout the stay. She liked the view of a garden and would go outside to look at it as well. As it states …show more content…

As it says in the text, “There is a recurrent spot where the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down.” This elaborates the fact that she has been studying the wallpaper and has been noticing little details and images inside of it. It also states later on in the text, ¨I have finally found out. The front pattern does move - and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over. Then in the very bright spots she keeps still, and in the very shady spots she just takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard.” This also elucidates that she progressively sees more images and then to an entire woman in the wallpaper. She even goes on to see the woman to begin to animate. Hence she is studying the wallpaper so thoroughly, shows that she is fully aware of her

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