Settings Are Major Components Of Any Story Written By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Setting -
Settings are major components of any story written. When reading a story it is often times the first important bit of information one will receive. The setting lays the framework for the entire story by introducing the mood of the story, and foreshadowing future events. The Yellow Wallpaper, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is set in the late 1800s. The narrator describes the house that she is living in as “quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village”. Right away you understand that the narrator is isolated from other people by living in this house. She goes on to say that “there is something strange about the house”. That statement is an example of how the setting can foreshadow future events. One additional part of the setting in this story is the complete aversion to the wallpaper in her bedroom. The wallpaper is “a smoldering unclean yellow” which drives the narrator insane. The setting being isolated plays an important role in allowing the reader to understand that the main character is literally and figuratively isolated. The house is “three miles from the village”, suggesting that not many people are around, and the narrator is “alone a good deal”. She feels alone not only in the house, but in her own mind as well. Her room has “barred windows” and a “gate at the head of the stairs” placing more emphasis on the isolation and confinement of the main character. She feels the house is peculiar in ways, maybe even a…

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