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Analysis

Literary Devices in The Yellow Wallpaper

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

It’s definitely not a coincidence that the woman in the wallpaper is trapped behind a pattern. We can conceive of societal norms and mores as types of patterns that metaphorically restrict ou...

Setting

The tangible setting of "The Yellow Wallpaper" reinforces all of the intangible feelings and the attitudes expressed in the story. What do we mean by this? Let’s start with this passage: "[Th...

Narrator Point of View

This is a tough perspective when the narrator is slowly sinking into madness. Is there really a woman creeping around outside in the bushes? Probably not. Is there really a woman trapped in the wal...

Genre

Ring the alarm, there’s a woman trapped in the wallpaper! Or is that just a figment in the narrator’s imagination? When "The Yellow Wallpaper" first came out, the public didn’t qu...

Tone

If we took the narrator’s words at face value, we would believe that her husband is kind and loving, that she really is physically ill, and that women really do get trapped in wallpaper. All...

Writing Style

Over the course of the story, we witness the narrator gradually losing her mind. In the beginning, she can offer calm and logical descriptions of her surroundings. Soon, however, she attempts to ha...

What’s Up With the Title?

The title object refers to the wallpaper in the room where the protagonist spends most of her time. Since she is essentially trapped in her room with nothing to do, she spends her time staring at t...

What’s Up With the Ending?

Ah, endings. Always a tricky business. In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the (by now very mentally ill) narrator has stripped off all the wallpaper in her room and is creeping around when her husband show...

Plot Analysis

The narrator feels uneasy on the estate she and her husband have rented for the summer.Do you sense the beginning of a horror story? We do: a woman moves into the house; the house is spooky; the wo...

Three Act Plot Analysis

The narrator and her husband arrive at a country estate for a "rest" vacation. She is bothered by their room’s ugly yellow wallpaper.Stuck in the room with orders to do nothing but rest, the...

Trivia

Charlotte Perkins Gilman sent a copy of "The Yellow Wallpaper" to the physician who had prescribed her a "rest cure." He subsequently altered the way he treated women for depression. Gilman divorce...

Steaminess Rating

Clearly the narrator and her husband must have had sex at one point – when the story begins, the narrator has just had a baby. But they don’t seem to be having any right now, and sex is...

Allusions

Weir Mitchell (3.4)
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