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The Yellow Asylum

Gabriella B., Madison, WI By GabriellaRoars, Madison, WI

In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the main character and Gilman shared extensive similarities. Their lives practically seem to run parallel to one another, from their diagnosis to their doctor and their treatment. Signs are shown throughout the story that even the mansion itself and the gardens represent the mental trap that Gilman and the main character felt in their lives. Not only were they both supposedly treated with the common treatment for women; “rest cure” but they encountered the same mental illness. Charlotte Gilman also wrote in “The Yellow Wallpaper” of a doctor that treated her with the rest cure named Dr. Mitchell.

Gilman was treated by Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell, who was a well-known supporter of the rest cure, Mitchell prescribed Gilman this treatment. Gilman admitted to writing “The Yellow Wallpaper” to show how the rest cure was ineffective in “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper” October of 1913.

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