Study Guide

The Yellow Wallpaper Characters

By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

The Narrator

The first line of “The Yellow Wallpaper” does double duty, introducing both the...

John

No, he's not a cryogenically frozen mastermind with a bald head and a bald cat to match. And no,...

The Woman in the Wallpaper

We considered this one for a long time: is the woman behind the wallpaper, a woman who our...

Mary

A woman who takes care of the newborn. Use of the name "Mary" conjures up the idea of the iconic...

Jennie

John’s sister, who happily assumes all the traditional duties of a housewife so the...