As the narrator of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" descends into madness, her descriptions of the wallpaper change. The color and the appearance of the wallpaper intensifies, and eventually, the wallpaper takes on a life of its own as the narrator's grip on reality loosens completely.
At the start of the short story, the wallpaper is unappealing to the narrator. It appears to her a sickly sort of color, and the jaundiced look of the walls in her bedroom disgusts her. The pattern on the wallpaper appears frenzied and chaotic, annoying the narrator. John, the narrator's husband, ignores her discomfort and her preference to be elsewhere in the house they have rented for the summer, and his dismissal of her request to move is the first gesture of many that expedites the narrator's decline.
As the narrator's mental state breaks down, her perception of the wallpaper changes. The pattern animates and her language describing the pattern take on a violent quality. The...
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