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In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the reader follows Charlotte Perkins Gilman as she transitions from a miserable to relieved individual. Gilman’s plight is an unfortunate one. She is confined to complete and total bed rest for months with no hope for the allowance of any type of constructive activity. One may ask, “What can I gain from understanding Gilman’s transformation?” It is a justifiable question. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is a longer story than one would expect with many passages where it seems as though Gilman does nothing but complain. However, there is something one can gain by reading this story—optimism. If a woman dealt this rather bleak hand of cards can find relief in anything, especially the very thing that aggravates her in an intense manner, then those of us who are not forced to look at a pitiful decorative paper on our walls can surely find some relief.


These are the lessons the main character has experienced. The wallpaper becomes her new world. Her husband and Jennie are her captives. The narrator becomes a prisoner who also loses her sanity. When a person is unable to express one’s mind and is kept from doing anything creative that person’s brain will start to make up things. When a person is held in a room or place and unable to leave they are a prisoner. In the story the narrator was confined to this room. She was unable to do anything. She was unable to leave. She was also unable to write. Her brain began to express its creativity in the walls of the room. Her husband and his sister, Jennie, enforced her prescription of total rest. The denied her freedom of walking around or doing anything. She was only allowed to sleep and rest. This made her become a prisoner.

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