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In many pieces of American literature it seems all too often that we simply skim through a piece to learn the plot and the basis of the story Most people will be able to tell you the plot of the story but will eliminate the characters or the setting not realizing the impact these elements have on a piece of literature The setting of a story defined as the time and place of occurrence is an extremely important aspect of any literary work In many cases the setting will allow you to understand the character on a higher level rather than the dialect or actions of him or her alone In Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wall-Paper the setting of the story is the most important feature Without Gilman allowing us such a descriptive setting you are left solely in the mind of a woman who has seemingly gone insane You would not know what she sees what she believes she sees or understand her maddening by her thoughts if they were not to include her surroundings Could you imagine The Yellow Wall-Paper without the wallpaper Or without the room that trapped her We would be left we a very uninteresting display of psychosis with very little basis From the very beginning of Gilmans work we are introduced to the setting of the story A colonial mansion a hereditary estate I would say a haunted house and reach the height of romantic felicitybut that would be asking too much of fate pp 657 Already from the second line of the story you can begin to picture what she sees Before one turns the page an image has settled into their mind an image that will live with them until the conclusion Myself I picture an awkwardly beautiful mansion set back beyond gates and gardens The mansion surrounded by vines of thorns blooming to roses possibly yellow roses is inviting in a frightening way
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