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Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story about the imprisonment of a woman and how she is driven insane by the wallpaper in her room The woman writes this story after being diagnosed with hysteria after giving birth to her baby in the early 1900s Her husband moves them to a colonial mansion where she can recover The woman becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper and she begins to act deranged The womans husband thinks it is best for her to stay in the room that was formerly used as a nursery It has yellow wallpaper which the narrator thinks is horrid She describes it as The colour is repellent almost revolting a smoldering unclean yellow strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight Gilman 1659 She becomes fascinated with the paper and its pattern The woman narrating the story is very fragile and grows more depressed as she must stay in this room Her husband who is also a physician thinks that she must rest all day in order to recover She is not allowed to do anything that a normal wife would do She asks her husband to renovate but he refuses since they will only be there for three months The wallpaper begins to consume her as her insanity deepens The narrator writes This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had Gilman 1660 The paper is all that she can think about The pattern becomes more frightening and tortures her She hates the colour and it infuriates her She begins to smell the wallpaper throughout the entire house It used to disturb me at first I thought seriously of burning the house-to reach the smell Gilman 1666 This quotation shows how fixated she has become on the wallpaper The narrator begins to see a woman in the pattern of the wallpaper She sees a woman creeping in it at night when she lies
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