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What are some literary devices in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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villacar | (Level 1) eNoter

Posted November 29, 2008 at 12:43 PM via web

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What are some literary devices in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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morrol | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Associate Educator

Posted December 1, 2008 at 2:52 AM (Answer #1)

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This story uses many literary devices in order to be effective. Firstly, its narrative style is a first person stream on consciousness. This style makes the protagonist seem unbalanced, diluted, and confused.

The story also contains several symbols. The yellow wallpaper itself symbolizes the psychological state of the narrator. The nursery is also a symbol of society's treatment of women as juveniles. The barred windows symbolize entrapment, or the prison of the room or mind. 

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