Charlotte Perkins Gilman Research Paper

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman (1860-1935) Charlotte Perkins Gilman was born on July 3, 1860 in Hartford, Connecticut. She was the first daughter of Frederick Beecher Perkins and his distant cousin Mary Fitch Wescott Perkins. She was the youngest of three children born to the couple, the others were Thomas Henry and Thomas Adie. She was from very social family. Her father was the grandson of Lyman Beecher, a known Calvinist clergyman. Frederick had the most difficult time making his life. Even during Charlotte’s infancy, he left them without any protection and care. Charlotte’s mother and she were in state of extreme poverty and they were forced to move around again and again in in Rhode Island to survive. In her autobiography, The Living of Charlotte Perkins Gilman, she noted that her mother showed affection only when she thought her young daughter was asleep. In absence of father’s presence or mother’s affection,
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She go back forth about her decision more than two years and finally she married Walter Stetson on May 2, 1884. Walter Stetson respected Gilman and also understood her. Gilman had objections to a traditional marriage so, it was not a happy marriage. She was pregnant within a few weeks after marriage. She was depressed during her pregnancy. Finally their daughter Katherine Beecher, was born on 23 March, 1885. Even she was suffered in serious depression after her pregnancy. Her mother Mary Perkins moved with her for good care of Katherine. For change in her regular life her Doctor suggested her to move somewhere. She went on trip to Pasadena, California. She visited her longtime friend, Grace Channing, in winter of 1885. When she came back she feels good enough to work at weekly newspaper of Rhode Island. She had several articles and poems by the papers in