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Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wall-paper is set in the late 1800s in a colonial mansion1657 The mansion sits back from the road surrounded by hedges and walls and gates that lock 1658 It is also bordered by separate houses made for gardeners and other servants a garden brimming with grapes and greenhouses which have been long forgotten 1658 It seems to be a beautiful old place a perfect place to get away from the world and relax Gilman may have chosen this particular setting because it was familiar to her Gilman herself suffered with bouts of depression and was persuaded to see Dr S Weir Mitchell whom she mentions in her story for treatment He was known for prescribing a rest cure which is what brought Gilman to write The Yellow Wall-paper 1656 Inside the mansion the main characters husband John decides that they will sleep in the nursery at the top of the house so she could get the most air 1659 The walls of the room are covered with wallpaper a horrible shade of yellow Being confined to the room day and night for three months the main character begins to become obsessed with the wallpaper It is faded in spots from the sunlight and shredded in other spots presumably from the children that used to occupy the room The color of the wallpaper is not the only thing she is obsessed with The undefined pattern confuses and intrigues her She spends many hours trying to make sense of it finally deciding that the pattern consists of bars that imprison a woman Still depressed and becoming increasingly deranged from her lack of physical activity and lack of human contact she imagines that the woman creeps around behind the bars shaking them and trying to get out 1665-1666 Gilmans description of the de tails of the setting is non-conformist While most authors would choose to describe in detail the entire room
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