The Yellow Wall` and `a Rose for Emily`

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The Yellow Wall` and `A Rose for Emily`
As medical authority has become more extensive , it has necessarily become more diffuse as well so that moral and medical categories are now thoroughly and probably inextricably confused ' -Edgar Z Friedenberg-

The two short stories , The Yellow Wall and A Rose for Emily unravel insanity on two different views . The first gives an in-depth and encompassing autobiographical depiction of a woman 's emotional breakdown , while the latter offers a distant , detached look at a female victim of madness ' Of the two , Gilman 's story provides a better examination of the because

her narrator is also the protagonist thereby , giving the readers a more thorough look into the character 's internal crisis

Gilman 's short story provokes readers to ponder the wife 's affliction especially when , at a closer scrutiny , her narration turns out to be completely comprehensive and rational , ill-befitting a supposed loony person . Is it really insanity that she 's suffering from ? Or is it a case of misdiagnosis on the part of the husband physician ? According to Anne J . Lane 's introduction in Charlotte Perkins Gilman 's novel Herland the latter wrote The Yellow Wall to avenge the horrendous experience she had under the care of professional psychiatrists when she admitted herself under the care of Dr . S . Weir Mitchell in 1887 . Gilman personally opposed Dr . Mitchell 's rest cure ' which according to her almost drove her mad (Lane , pg . vii ) Similarly , her nameless protagonist in the story is forced to undergo the same inhuman torture then fabricated as a necessary medical prescription

Taking into consideration the wife 's accounts in the story , she is most probably undergoing a post partum depression , not insanity . Gilman experienced depression soon after she gave birth to her daughter Katharine . Likewise , the wife…...

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