* Site-Outage Notice: Our engineering elves will be tweaking the Shmoop site from Monday, December 22 10:00 PM PST to Tuesday, December 23 5:00 AM PST. The site will be unavailable during this time.
Dismiss
© 2014 Shmoop University, Inc. All rights reserved.
The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper

by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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.

People who Shmooped this also Shmooped...

Advertisement
Noodle's College Search
Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement