Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" Analytical Essay by snoopydog

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"
This paper discuses postpartum depression as portrayed in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".
# 62806 | 1,445 words | 5 sources | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Dec 13, 2005 in Literature (American) , Psychology (Disorders) , English (Analysis)

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This paper explains that, in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper", the protagonist and narrator, who is a woman confined in the "nursery room", suffers from confusion, inability to sleep and hallucinations, which are symptoms of postpartum depression. The author points out that, by the reactions to the wallpaper, the reader can understand that the woman of the nursery room has hallucinations based on a trapped woman in the wallpaper, who symbolizes her confinement in the room and suggests the way women in the 19th century were treated. The paper stresses that, today, society knows that postpartum depression must be treated correctly to prevent dangerous reactions in women with this psychosis type, which can lead to suicide and the assassination of the newborns.

From the Paper:

"She starts seeing this pattern in the wallpaper and stops sleeping well because she just likes to watch it during the night. She creates the hallucination of a woman behind the wallpaper, giving the interpretation of her own life and feelings of being confined in the room. The reason for her to create this creature is to have something to do, since she is trapped in the room, with no contact with the exterior world, which is really making her insane. For her, "life is very much more exciting now" that she is trying to liberate this woman, or better said, to liberate herself from the wallpaper, which in her case represents the mental confinement. The inability to distinguish between reality and imagination is a symptom that she starts suffering at this time."

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