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A Look into the Culture of the 1980's in the Yellow Wallpaper, a Short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Historical-cultural texts give us much insight into how time has changed various aspects of our lives. That’s why while reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which was written in 1890, we have the opportunity to look back on how the culture and the way things were done has changed since 1890. In the story, the narrator, who doesn’t state her name, is driven insane as the story continues due to the fact she is being locked in a room. So based on my analysis of the text, we can see that the narrator is experiencing postpartum depression due to her standing as a woman, her relationship to the men around her, and the expectations put on her, which is crucial to the understanding of the text because it gives insight to how women lived and were treated in this specific time period. To fully understand what our narrator was experiencing in the culture of the 1890’s, we must first understand what the narrator is going through by looking at what postpartum depression is briefly. The American Psychology Association defines postpartum depression as, “a serious mental health problem characterized by a prolonged period of emotional disturbance, occurring at a time of major life change and increased responsibilities in the care of a newborn infant.” (apa.org) The narrator often references her new baby and is therefore why we consider her to have postpartum depression along with her emotional disturbance, all

Historical-cultural texts give us much insight into how time has changed various aspects of our lives. That’s why while reading The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, which was written in 1890, we have the opportunity to look back on how the culture and the way things were done has changed since 1890.

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