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Common Threads from The Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour In her post "Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper,'" as it appeared in The Forerunner (1913), Charlotte Perkins Gilman candidly reveals her own story of mental illness and her subsequent journey to health after she rejected the "expert" advice of her doctor. She retells the story, with some antiques, in her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" Her own nervous breakdown and prescribed "rest cure," popular at the moment, brought her close to "utter psychological ruin" With some help from a friend, and using what resources were abandoned for her, she started to write again, planning to use this narrative as a way of rescuing others from being driven crazy. "The Yellow Wallpaper" was printed in May 1892, amid a flurry of rejections and protestations. Nevertheless, her story has been told, and that I think there are many women who can relate to what she has experienced, to varying levels. Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar, in "A Feminist Reading of Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper'" (818), identify the professional as S. Weir Mitchell, a famous "nerve specialist" at the time. Gilman was forbidden to write until she was well, which, of course, was worse for her postpartum depression. The comparison in the story of "rings and items" from the nursery parallel feelings of being "locked out from imagination," and the gate near the peak of the stairs inside her upper story bedroom might be emblematic of her imprisonment. In her short story, the enforced confinement prescribed by her doctor husband brought her into a realization that she had been imprisoned not only emotionally, but also in her mind and in her will. Finally he would not dominate her, and she ref...