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The Yellow Sickness: Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

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In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’ story “The Yellow Wallpaper” one cannot help but think of the time frame that this story takes place. It is the end of the nineteenth century, inventions are being created, modern science and medicine is being newly discovered and revered. In the story, Jane (our narrator) and her husband John, (a physician of high social status) retire to the country for a few months in order to revive Jane from a “temporary nervous depression” after the birth of their child. This diagnosis had come from her husband and her brother (whom is also a physician). When reading the beginning of Ms. Gilman’s story it leads you to believe the country vacation would be an appropriate treatment plan to help relieve any woman of this medical diagnosis.
John has decided that they are to reside in the upstairs room (the old nursery). There are bars on the windows and a gate at the top of the stairs. The wallpaper is stripped off in great patches,” It is one of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every sin. It is dull enough to confuse the eye, the color is repelling, almo...


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