Analyze how the room deteriorates in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper." Show specific examples.

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In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," we find a classic example of an unreliable narrator. In other words, we see the room only through the eyes of a woman who is not entirely sane. There is no evidence that the room or wallpaper itself is deteriorating, but rather than the woman's perceptions are becoming increasingly obsessive and distorted.

Examples/ Key Moments:

The woman considers the room a sort of jail.

The wall paper is ugly.

The wallpaper is coming off the wall in patches.

The woman traces a secret pattern in the paper.

The woman hates the wallpaper.

She sees eyes in the wallpaper staring at her.

She sees a person in the wallpaper.

The wallpaper knows things.

The figure in the paper is a woman stooping.

The wall paper has a pattern of bars, like the bars of a jail.

The woman in the wallpaper is like the narrator.

The woman in the wallpaper is trying to escape.

The narrator is trying to free the woman in the paper.

The narrator starts creeping around the room following the maze pattern of the wall paper.


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