The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Scholars have made much of the fact that the narrator starts referring to the wallpaper as "the paper." Given that the narrator has a repressed literary bent, it is no great stretch of the imagination to posit that the (wall)paper becomes her text. Her intellect restrained from reading and writing, the narrator’s mind instead turns to her surroundings and settles upon the wallpaper as an intellectual challenge.

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