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Rest Induced Insanity Setting In The Yellow Wallpaper1892 Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses setting to reflect the mental changes in the protagonist a woman suffering from a nervous condition The protagonists husband John a physician prescribes a rest cure for her treatment John takes her away for the summer and places her in a colonial mansion542 As the story unfolds the protagonist descends from neurasthenia into insanity during the course of her enforced rest imprisonment in a house a room window with bars and yellow wallpaper The protagonist has some uneasy feelings about the house when she says there is something queer about it542 She feels that it resembles an institution It is quite alone standing well back from the road quite three miles from the village543 She talks about the lock gates which enhances her thought that others before her have been put away for the same treatment She appears to be optimistic but that dissipates quickly when she discovers the room that John has chosen for them I dont like our room a bit543 She feels the isolation from the first step in the room She wanted to change rooms But John would not hear of it543 She begins to observe the roominess and bars on the window The bars indicating the imprisonment Once settled in her room her condition worsens when she develops a fixation for the yellow wallpaper I never saw worse paper in my life One of those sprawling flamboyant patterns committing every artistic sin544 In face of her solitude she has only one pastime that is obsessing over the hideous wallpaper in her room She describes it quite well when she says The color is hideous enough and
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