Explain how the setting contributes to the woman's decline to insanity.
The setting of "The Yellow Wallpaper" both reflects the narrator's mental isolation and plunges her further into her own world of mental struggles.
Consider how the house's physical isolation is described near the beginning of the story:
The most beautiful place! It is quite alone, standing well back from the road, quite three miles from the village. It makes me think of English places that you read about, for there are hedges and walls and gates that lock, and lots of separate little houses for the gardeners and people.
The house is beautiful, but it restricts the narrator from any contact with the world around her. Set in the late 1800s, the distance from the village would be significant enough to make social gatherings difficult without proper planning, and her health isn't stable enough for those efforts. There are both walls and gates that lock, and it seems almost like the description of a jail. Also noteworthy is the way workers are kept far from her. She is subjected to near total...
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