The Yellow Wallpaper

A story of postpartum depression & decent into madness.

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story provides an inside view of the psychological breakdown of a woman whose postpartum needs are not properly met. The narrator is kept in isolation following the birth of her only child because her doctor, who happens to be her husband, believes that she needs "rest" to recover from some newly developed behaviors that he perceived to be unusual. The story successfully shows that people who are not properly treated for emotional issues can ultimately develop mental psychosis.


This book is an easy and intriguing read. I recommend this book to anyone who has ever suffered, or known someone who has suffered, from postpartum depression. This book could also be enjoyed by readers who like reading books that explore the human psyche. The book is told from the first person perspective of the narrator, so the reader gets an up close look at how the state of the human mind can deteriorate when mental illness is not properly treated.

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