The Yellow Wallpaper
The Yellow Wallpaper
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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The Wallpaper's Pattern

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 our movements. The woman whom the narrator imagines she sees trapped behind a pattern is simply a more direct embodiment of that metaphorical restriction.

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