Feminism In The Yellow Wallpaper

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“It was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked” (Gilman P). Charlotte Perkins Gilman said this as to why she wrote “The Yellow Wallpaper.” There has been debate among scholars whether Gilman should be considered a feminist or not. The definition of feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes. Whether Charlotte Perkins Gilman intended to or not, “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a feminist piece of literature because of its message regarding women’s healthcare, the issue with women’s subjugation to men, and Gilman’s motivation for writing the story. The first point as to why “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a feminist piece of literature is the story’s message regarding women’s healthcare. One aspect of healthcare that is closely looked at is mental illness and treatment options. In this story, a narrator suffers from postpartum depression and is prescribed rest cure by her husband, who is a physician. The rest cure was a treatment option for women suffering from mental…show more content…
Gilman wrote this story to share a personal experience and in order to speak out for what she believed in. After the birth of her child, Gilman began to experience postpartum depression and was prescribed the rest cure. She did not notice herself getting any better so she decided to continue on with her normal life. After continuing on with her life she began to get better. This story was not only wrote to share a personal experience but to also protest the treatment of the rest cure and the treatment for women during her time period. After completing “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman sent a copy to her physician who then ended up changing his treatment approach for women suffering from a mental illness. Gilman’s reasoning for writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” furthers the prove that it is a feminist

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