Reflect on the short story and apply what you know about the elements of Gothic fiction. What element(s) do you believe justify its place in the gothic lit genre? Provide several examples to support your point. The story can also be viewed as an early feminist piece that examines the role of women in the late nineteenth century also serving to highlight Gilmans own unhappy experience of being medically treated with a resting cure following a severe bout of post-partum depression. Compare the resting cure with todays more advanced (and more sympathetic) treatments of post-partum depression.