The Yellow Wallpaper

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Brenda Grijalva

Sarah O'Hara

WRT 102

4 Nov 2014

A Descent into the Madness of Good Intentions

"I'm sure I never used to be so sensitive. I think it is due to this nervous condition." Is a quote that would make you think how serious the situation that Gilman is in. ("Gilman") The story unfolds slowly over many weeks, beginning with the arrival of Jane (the narrator of the story who is not revealed to the end of the story) at an estate in the country. Since the birth of her baby, Jane has gone into a gradual decline, losing interest in her family and her surroundings. Her husband, John, and her brother believe that a long rest is what she needs to feel more like herself. Both men are respected physicians, Jane believes that they know what is best for her and tries to put on a good face.

Despite her increasing suspicions that her rest cure may do her more harm than good, she listens to her brothers. Gilman's struggle with postpartum depression is shown in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper". The stages Gilman goes through are baby blues, postpartum depression, and postpartum psychosis.

Baby Blues is a depression affecting women after giving birth. Baby Blues can include having mood swings, anxiety, sadness, irritability, crying, decreased concentration, and trouble sleeping. Mood swings occur when there is an abrupt or accountable change of feeling. ("Postpartum Depression." Symptoms) For example you might be happy but the next second for no apparent reason you can be mad. Anxiety is defined as a feeling about worry or nervousness, typically with an event or with an uncertain outcome. For example a lot of people have anxiety when they present in front of people. Decreased concentration can appear when you can't easily concentrate on...