How does mental illness function in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” and why does it function that way?

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Mental illness is a driving force in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's story in terms of both character and plot. Because it is a psychological study, these two aspects are closely interrelated. The individual interpreter can therefore decide to focus on either aspect.

It is also important to keep in mind that medicine classified illness differently more than a century ago, and physicians understood body-mind...

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