How and why does mental illness function in “The Yellow Wallpaper”?

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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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