By Verena Schörkhuber
This paper seeks to shed mild upon Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s brief tale “The Yellow Wallpaper” (1892) – a textual content that has develop into an American feminist vintage and has been interpreted as a ‘transformed autobiography’ (Shulman, xix), as a ‘journalistic/clinical account of a woman’s slow descent into insanity’ (Bak, 39), and in a number of methods as a ‘critique of gender relatives’ (Shulman, xix). it's a ‘bitter story’, as Ann J. Lane describes it, ‘of a tender lady pushed to madness through a loving husband-doctor, who, with the purest explanations, imposed Mitchell’s “rest cure”’ (Lane, vii). The narrator of the tale is clinically determined as struggling with a ‘temporary frightened melancholy’ (W, 4), that is this day often called ‘postpartum depression’, that's, a melancholy brought on by profound hormonal adjustments after childbirth. Written a few 5 years after the writer herself, following the delivery of her first baby, grew to become ‘a psychological spoil’ short of a ‘rest cure’, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a fictionalized account of Gilman’s personal subjection to the remainder remedy of Silas Weir Mitchell, whose mode of therapy so notoriously typified traditional overdue Victorian doctoring of ladies .
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s "The Yellow Wallpaper". An analysis by Verena Schörkhuber