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Pino 1 Roberta Pino Dr. Day English 102-204 27 July, 2006 The Setting that Drove the Woman Insane Many people have had something in their lives trouble them, so much that if they were forced to face it for just one moment they would go crazy. Fortunately, they were able to leave that place or situation before they stepped off that all too familiar ledge into insanity, but what happens when one is unable to leave that place? This is what happened to the main character in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”; the wallpaper, as well as other things inside and outside of her room, was too much for her to cope with. There were other factors that can be attributed to the main character slowly going insane: post-partum depression with psychotic features after giving birth, which “appear to occur in from 1 in 500 to 1 in 1,000 deliveries” ( ). Today we know that, “Postpartum depression is a common mental illness -- about 10 to 15 percent of women experience the symptoms after childbirth – and doctors and experts say it is frequently overlooked” (McEver 1). In the 19 th century little was known when it came to treating conditions of the mind. Having to look at the annoying, ugly, yellow wallpaper for three months did more harm than help with her recovery from post-partum depression. The setting in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is the key factor for the main character going insane.
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