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Some of the Most Undeveloped, Unsupported Ideas of the World Have Led To the Greatest Discoveries.

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Some of the most undeveloped, unsupported ideas of the world have led to the greatest discoveries. One often develops a hypothesis based on some sort of "hunch" he or she experienced from observations, and that hunch can lead to a world-impacting discovery. Ben Franklin suspected that lightning was a powerful energy source, which was a foundation that later led to the discovery of electricity. Christopher Columbus began his adventure suspecting that the Earth was not flat, but rather was round. Such "hunches" were unconventional at the time, but were proven true. The origin of many brilliant ideas comes from research first sparked by imagination. Author, Charlotte Perkins Gilman provides another example, where her brilliant medical expose suggests future breakthroughs. Her short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" sets clear the situation of depression argues against the treatment for the disease at her time and projects or forecasts the nature of schizophrenia before much was known about that mental disorder. Gilman wrote this remarkable short story in 1892, after battling a post-partum depression after the birth of her first child. This is not an uncommon experience for a mother following the birth of a child. The depression most typically occurs directly following the birth, but in some cases it can occur months later. There is thought to be two causes for this illness. ...read more.


At this time, doctors typically would tell patients that they were not truly sick, which often led to the patient deteriorating mentally. Gilman assumed that the patient was led to hallucinations because "she is locked away from creativity" (Gilbert and Gubar 146). The woman is stricken of any enjoyment or enrichment when subjected to the "rest cure." Therefore, she must eventually find a way to be creative. Gilman uses personal journals of Jane to illustrate how a mind would slowly deteriorate. Jane begins by having an obsession with some wallpaper, remarking in reference to the yellow wallpaper, "no wonder the children hated it! I should hate it myself if I had to live in the room long" ("The Yellow Wallpaper" 643). Jane is fixated on the fact that it is a child's room, and continues to refer to things about the room as being the way they are to accommodate a child. There are bars on the window and rings on the wall and she thinks these added accessories to the room are only for some children. Jane comments in the beginning of the story that "it is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer" ("The Yellow Wallpaper" 641). The irony of Jane's fixation of the room being that of a child's and commenting that a summer home would be too costly for John and herself, is that the house was in fact an abandoned mental home. ...read more.


She helped society identify with the fact that mental illness is a true illness. The ability to start with a hunch and rely upon that hunch to create a serious work seems to be a benchmark in the history of scientific progress. Gilman created a character based upon a suspicion from her own life, and helped the medical community recognize other "Janes" presenting with a post-partum depression as one suffering from a true illness. Works Consulted AstraZeneca International. "Schizophrenia: Key Facts." 28 April 2002. <http://www.psychiatry-in-practice.com/html/aboutseroquel/schizophrenia.asp> Gilbert, Sanda , and Susan Gibar. "From the Madwomen in the Attic: The Women Writer and the Nineteenth-Century Literary Imagination." The Captive Imagination: A Casebook on "The Yellow Wallpaper." Ed. Catherine Golden. New York, NY. The Feminist Press, 1992. 145-148. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Madison: The University of Wisconsin Press, 1935. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." The Norton Introduction to Fiction: Sixth Edition. Ed. Jerome Beaty. New York: Norton & Company. 1996. 641-653. Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "Why I Wrote 'The Yellow Wallpaper'?" "The Yellow Wall-paper" and the History of Its Publication and Reception: A Critical Edition and Documentary Casebook. Ed. Julie Bates Dock. University Park, PA. Pennsylvania State University Press, 1998. 86-9. Hollandsworth, James G. Jr. The Physiology of Psychological Disorders: Schizophrenia, Depression, Anxiety, and Substance Abuse. New York: Plenum Press, 1990. Leopold, Kathryn A. "Postpartum Depression." 30 Apr. 2001 <htttp://www.obgyn.net/femalepatient/default.asp?page=Leopold> Shute, Nancy. "A Troubled Mind." U.S. News & World Report 25 March 2002: 45. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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