How and why does mental illness function in “The Yellow Wallpaper”?
When one analyzes The Yellow Wallpaper, there is often immense focus given to the period in which the story is set and its treatment of women. Without such a focus on the feminist aspect of the literature, or perhaps entangled in it, is the idea of mental illness.
Mental illness in the story serves several functions. The first is a more historical insight into the way people with mental illness were treated in the time. The second is the way women with mental illness were specifically treated, especially...
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