Mental Illness in Literature: Case Studies of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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This study examines mental illness in literature, with a focus on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar', the primary texts of the research, and develops similarities and personal connections between the authors and their mentally unstable main characters.

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Dyer, Darby & Flowers, Theresa April 15, 2010.

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  • Main Title: Mental Illness in Literature: Case Studies of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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This study examines mental illness in literature, with a focus on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar', the primary texts of the research, and develops similarities and personal connections between the authors and their mentally unstable main characters.

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Abstract: This study examines mental illness in literature, with a focus on Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Sylvia Plath's 'The Bell Jar', the primary texts of the research, and develops similarities and personal connections between the authors and their mentally unstable main characters. The study investigates the biographical aspects and mental health of the deceased women and thoroughly analyzes the time period of each author to demonstrate whether or not social status disparities could have been a reason for their deteriorating mental health. Both women committed suicide, though their literary accomplishments and societal effects allow them to live on.

Seventh Annual University Scholars Day, 2010, Denton, Texas, United States.

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  • The Eagle Feather, 2010, Denton: University of North Texas. Honors College

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  • Publication Title: The Eagle Feather
  • Volume: 7
  • Issue: 2010
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Dyer, Darby & Flowers, Theresa. Mental Illness in Literature: Case Studies of Sylvia Plath and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, paper, April 15, 2010; [Denton, Texas]. (digital.library.unt.edu/ark:/67531/metadc94268/: accessed October 18, 2018), University of North Texas Libraries, Digital Library, digital.library.unt.edu; crediting UNT Honors College.