When John and his wife discuss her disease, she states, “John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that.” It only conveys that notion of the male view towards women as inferior, submissive, and mindless.John is a prominent physician who forces his wife to believe and listen to him.
Women doctors were acutely rare during the nineteenth century, which led to the overwhelming number of male doctors.
These male professionals hardly knew anything about women and for that reason, women were constantly misdiagnosed and forced to do ludicrous acts to “heal” them.
The “Rest Cure” was devised by Silas Weir Mitchell in 1877.
This cure was to be used for the treatment of nervous disorders that were quite common in women during the 1800’s.
Throughout time women have constantly battled for equality with men.
In many literature works, feminism has been a major theme.
The issue of feminism is prevalent within the disease of the main character, the characters, and even the setting of the story.
The main character of The Yellow Wallpaper is based on Charlotte Gilman.
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman once said, “There is no female mind. Might as well speak of a female liver” (Brainyquote).