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Who is Jane Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper is a story set in the late 1800s about a woman and her nervous troubles The story begins with a young woman and her husband going to the country for the summer The summer retreat is supposed to allow the woman to recover from her provisional depression of an unknown cause however her condition seems to be deteriorating instead Throughout the story the first person narrator which is the alleged psychotic woman expresses her feelings about the yellow wallpaper in her room She sees things in the wallpaper such as pointless patterns and a creeping woman The ending of the story is somewhat ambiguous In the final passage the narrator makes a rather bizarre statement Ive got out of the wallpaper at lastin spite of you and Jane And Ive pulled off most of the paper so you cant put me back The question is who is Jane First of all there are only three characters that have a role in the story John the narrators husband is a physician who treats his wife as a child and will not allow her to leave the house Jennie is the maid who obeys the doctors orders very well She does not let the depressed woman write or do anything that might worsen her condition The first person narrator is obviously the main character however her name is never revealed throughout the story Or is it One might believe Jane could possibly be the name of the narrator At the end of the story it might seem as though the narrator has become the woman that she thought was behind the wallpaper For example in the final passages of the story the narrator seems to be talking when she says I dont like to look out of the windows even---there are so many of those creeping women The next statement is a bit shocking I wonder if they all come
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