The Shrink’s Links: The Yellow Wallpaper

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yellow wallpaper

This hundred-and-some-odd-year-old short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is often regarded as a classic of feminist literature, but it’s much more than that. It’s a terrifying horror story that challenges the subjugation mental patients still experience from their doctors.

A woman suffering from post-partum depression is confined for a rest cure by her physician husband to a third floor nursery with bars on the windows. She’s forbidden to visit anyone, to care for her child, or even to write, because all would exhaust her. Under-stimulated in her room alone, she fixates on yellow wallpaper until it drives her mad.

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