Gilman's "Yellow Wallpaper" & the so-called "Rest Cure"

Explore the world and ideas of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper".

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's Life
  • What experiences did Gilman have as a young wife and mother?
  • What style of writing is she known for?
  • What stands out to you about her life?
  • What was "hysteria" considered in the 19th century?
  • How did "hysteria" affect men and women?
  • What do you think of this term?

Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell 
  • What was the "rest cure"?  Be sure to list multiple components.
  • Why did the Dr. prescribe it?
  • Who were some of the famous women that were subject to this rest cure?
  • What were some results/impact of it?
  • What do you believe Dr. Silas Weir Mitchell's legacy should be?

Neurasthenia & the Rest Cure
  • What were some differences between men and women who were diagnosed with neurasthenia and/or hysteria?
    • How were both diagnosed? 
    • What were warning signs/symptoms?
    • What was the rationale for the diagnosis for men and women?
    • What was the treatment for women?
    • What was the treatment for men?
  • Under Further Information, click on Wear and Tear, Or Hints for the Overworked by S. Weir Mitchell, Google Books
    • Skim over this book and S. Weir Mitchell's analysis
    • What caused people to be overworked?
    • What do you consider "overworked" to be and how is it similar and/or different from Weir Mitchell's interpretation?
    • What is your opinion of Dr. Weir Mitchell's medical opinions?
  • What do you think would occur today in similar cases?

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