In "The Yellow Wallpaper," describe the room the narrator stays in.

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The narrator of the story is attempting to recover from postpartum depression in a colonial estate in the country, where she resides in a former nursery on the top floor of the house. The narrator describes the room as big and airy, with windows that allow an ample amount of sunshine into the room. However, there are bars on the windows and "rings and things" on the walls. There is also a great heavy bed in the room, which is nailed down and appears to have "been through wars." She also describes the floor as splintered, scratched, and gouged. The narrator's description of the former nursery...

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I think it's important to note that the narrator's first impressions of the house where the room is contained is "a colonial mansion, a hereditary estate, I would say a haunted house." There is an element of mystery as well as seclusion. The speaker says, "I don't like our room a bit," and says the windows are "barred." She mentions that the "paint and paper look as if a boys' school had used it" and that "it is stripped off" and in "great patches all around the head of my bed." The narrarator spends a great deal of time analyzing the colors of the wall paper and decides that it is changing.

She describes the furniture as "no worse than inharmonious" and spends a lot of time in the "great immovable bed" that is "nailed down."

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