The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote the story "The Yellow Wallpaper." This short story was published in 1982. Through a journal written by the narrator, the reader learns of the story. "The Yellow Wallpaper" is about a woman who has recently given birth and is on a little break from her home life. Her husband tags along on her 'escape ' for the summer at an ancestral hall while their home is undergoing renovations. This 'escape ' is to help her supposed nerves and anxiety. It is also for the narrator to rest until she is well again. Although the narrator 's husband was a physician and was trying to help his wife, the "Yellow Wallpaper" began to symbolize the rapid deterioration of the narrator 's state because the isolation in that room continued to make the disorder worse for the narrator which led to other problems. As the story begins, it is given away within the first few lines that the narrator and her husband will be staying at a hereditary estate for the summer months. Upon seeing that line, the reader assumes it is just an ordinary couple staying at a vacation home. However, the motive of their extended stay comes into question when the narrator states that, "John is a physician, and perhaps . . . that is one reason I do not get well faster" (419). Her husband does not understand what is going on and does not feel that she is sick. He is under the assumption she just needs some relaxation and rest. Rather than diagnose his wife correctly, John says that the narrator…

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