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Setting as described by Robert DiYannis is when Writers describe the world they know its sights and sounds its colors textures and accentsDiYannis p43 The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman can be broken down into two major social points First as a means to save women from rest cure This was a method used in the early 1900s for the treating the mental ill The rest cure method called for the complete seclusion of a patient They felt that if a patient was secluded the stimulus that causes the mental illness would no longer be present and the women would be cured The second major point is as an indictment of a social structure which deters womens intellectual psychological and creative growth in an effort to keep women childlike and submissiveHudock p2583 The room in which the narrator is confined the personification of the wallpaper in relation to her madness and the women in the wallpaper all contribute to the theme of dealing w ith mental illness in society The room represents the confinement of her physically The room has bars on the windows and a gate that locks She describes the room as It was a nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium I should judge for the windows are barred for little children and there are rings and things on the wallsGilman p154 Realistically this room was more of a prison for the confinement of the mentally insane The bars on the windows were there so that the patient would not jump out it The rings and things on the wall were most likely there for holding a patient against the wall for further confinement The room was more of the attic then a playroom and there to keep the mentally insane people locked up and away from society Her reference to the room being for children is an example of how Gilman illustrates how women where kept childlike
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