The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, written in the 1890s, the narrator is put on a rest-cure which was popular for females during that time period. A rest-cure is a treatment for women who have nervous disorders, and consists of complete rest. The narrator 's husband orders her to be put on a rest-cure, and throughout the story her husband gives her no freedom to do anything beside resting and being locked up in a room. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman story "The Yellow Wallpaper", Gilman uses imagery of a creepy old house and the symbolic bars of the wallpaper in order to show readers that the narrator feels trapped. Over time the wallpaper changes its shape and color as she becomes more ill, and this suggests that the woman goes insane over time by just sitting there in her room all alone. The imagery of the old house in this story describes that house they have rented for a summer vacation could be haunted. Arriving to the house she says, "The most beautiful place! It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village. It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people"(Gilman 656). In the story the Narrator complains to her husband about how she does not like the room that they are staying in and that she would want a different room. Although she does not like the room she would have…

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