Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: http://hdl.handle.net/1946/16449
This essay explores mental illness in the nineteenth century and how it is reflected in the literature of the time. Historical context is explored with the theory that many women were driven to illness by the lifestyle thrust upon them in the form of oppression and societal expectations. Examples are given of the injustice women faced and the medical procedures many had to undergo. Selected literature from the nineteenth century is analyzed, as well as the opposition female authors faced as they attempted to publish their work. Along with minor examples, two works are analyzed in connection to the topic: "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and Dracula by Bram Stoker.