Medical Practice And Illness In “The Yellow Wallpaper” And “Squatter” (1135 words)

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Analyze how the representation of illness and medical practice relates to the larger themes in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Squatter.”

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The short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, is based on a narrator who suffers from postnatal depression, diagnosed as hysteria. Her husband, John, prescribes her complete rest and leases a house in the country to ensure her total seclusion and convalescence. Given that John is a respected physician, the narrator is forced to heed his advice, including being prohibited from thinking, reading, writing, or even visiting her baby. Following the doctor’s prescription, the narrator spends days alone, staring at the room's yellow paper. The seclusion worsens her condition to a point where she sees a woman inside the yellow paper and visualizing how that woman is struggling to breakthrough. To release the struggling woman, the narrator ends up breaking the yellow paper.   
On the other hand, “Squatter” is a story by Rohinton Mistry. Despite being funny, the author uses the story to reflect on some challenges of immigration and provides a pessimistic view of the impacts of cultural differences on one's psyche and identity. “Squatter” comprises two stories narrated...
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