“The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrate the dangers of the Rest Cure

How does “The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrate the dangers of the Rest Cure as a treatment, especially those related to gender roles? You may include in your answer how late 19th century ideas about women shaped Mitchell’s Rest Cure, but make sure to include references to the short story.

“The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrate the dangers of the Rest Cure

How does “The Yellow Wallpaper” illustrate the dangers of the Rest Cure as a treatment, especially those related to gender roles? You may include in your answer how late 19th century ideas about women shaped Mitchell’s Rest Cure. But make sure to include references to the short story.

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What is the rest cure in the Yellow Wallpaper?
The cure involved four basic elements: bed rest, force-feeding/overfeeding, massage, and electrical stimulation of the muscles. Later, Mitchell adapted the rest cure to treat hysteria and other nervous disorders in the civilian population.

What is the mental illness in the Yellow Wallpaper?
Nervous exhaustion

The protagonist of the story might have been suffering from puerperal insanity, a severe form of mental illness labelled in the early 19th century. He claimed by doctors to be triggered by the mental and physical strain of giving birth.

What is the symbolic meaning of the yellow wallpaper?
Clearly, the wallpaper represents the structure of family, medicine, and tradition in which the narrator finds herself trapped. Wallpaper is domestic and humble, and Gilman skillfully uses this nightmarish, hideous paper as a symbol of the domestic life that traps so many women.

Who is Jane in Yellow Wallpaper?
There are only two possibilities for the identity of ‘Jane’ in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’. It is either a typo for Jennie, or Jane refers to the narrator herself. This lesson covers both, and focuses on the argument that Jane is the name of the narrator.

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