Writing on Women: The Yellow Wallpaper
Charlotte Perkins Gilman was a wife and mother and went through depression as well as a mental breakdown. She was sent to a sanitarium in Pennsylvania and was treated by a doctor by the name of Silas Weir Mitchell (Merriman, C.D., 2006), who is imitated as the doctor in her story, “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Charlotte’s doctor stressed his concern by forbidding her to write anything, just like the narrator in the story. Much of the story is based on true events in Gilman’s personal life. Gilman said, “The real purpose of the story was to reach Dr. S. Weir Mitchell, and convince him of the error of his ways”. (Merriman, ...