What causes the protagonist’s mental health decline in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”?

The Importance of Good Setting: How Setting Reflects Emotions in Anton Chekhov’s ‘The Lady with the Dog’” (199-204) In the file titled: week 3 reading
Most importantly, your writing should predominately focus on interpreting and analyzing the reading in similar ways as these sample essays.
Since this paper must focus on a thesis statement, here are some tips for composing it:
1. A Successful Argumentative Thesis Statement will . . .
• Assert the focus of your paper in one, two, or maybe even three sentences
• Function as a road map for organizing your body paragraphs
2. The thesis statement traditionally appears as the last sentence of the introduction.
• However, some essays warrant a different structure, and it is possible to write a great paper with a thesis that is in an unconventional place.
• If you decide to experiment with the placement of your thesis, please be sure to underline it so that your reader (especially your instructor) will be able to identify your main focus.
3. Many students find it useful to invent their thesis by starting with a pressing question and then (after sufficient research) answering the question.
• For example, a student may start with the question:  What causes the protagonist’s mental health decline in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”?
• But, a thesis statement cannot stand just as a question, so the next step is to explore its answer by:
o Re-reading the piece of Literature to look for evidence
o Conducting research to better understand the author, the time period, the culture, other people’s interpretations, etc.
o Asking peers, family members, and friends for ideas
• After taking these steps, one can answer the question. Here is a sample thesis from this process:
In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the protagonist suffers from post-partum depression in a time period when this condition went unrecognized, and her mental health worsens because she is misdiagnosed and mistreated by a male dominated healthcare system that subjugates women with “cures” that would make anyone crazy. Extra Credit Pre-Write Opportunity: You can read and take notes on Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” (pages 307-320 in Norton’s Introduction to Literature)
4. Here are some other thesis statements taken from sample essays in Norton’s Introduction to Literature:
Instead of focusing on plot, then, the story really asks us to focus on the characters, especially the husband who narrates the story. Through his words even more than his actions the narrator unwittingly shows us why nothing much happens to him by continually demonstrating his utter inability to connect with others or to understand himself. (53)
During the course of the narrative, the setting Chekhov maps out shows the progression of Dmitri’s affair with Anna Sergeyevna, Dmitiri’s state of mind, and the changes that Dmitri undergoes. The setting in this story is just as important as any character. In fact, . . . the setting is the single most important component of the story. (199-200)