What is the author's purpose for writing this text? What background information about the author and/or time period support that conclusion?
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The author's purpose of writing this text is to change people's perception of the world of the society on how women were treated and on the effects of the rest cure. In her time women did not have rights, she uses this text to show society how women lived, how they had to obey their husbands even when it was about their lives and could not do what they wanted or needed. In her time there was a rest cure when women were depressed, she gives this text to show that it actually worstened their sate to be kept isolated and could not do anything but rest, which was what the rest cure was about. Everything adds up to say women were not respected and were not free because the rest cure was not something optional.