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The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper Ending

At the end of this short story several things have occured. The "woman in the wallpaper" has escaped, as the narrator has ripped her free. The narrator then proceeds to crawl around the...

Latest answer posted August 22, 2008 4:37 am UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what is the relationship between the narrator and her husband?  

The narrator is a doctor who although probably filled with good intentions, comes off seeming domineering. He treats his wife almost like a little child. Right off the bat she mentions that...

Latest answer posted January 11, 2009 9:56 am UTC

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What is the central theme or the main theme of "The Yellow Wallpaper?"

The primary theme of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is that women who are suffering from post-partum depression, or any kind of depression, should be respected and allowed to make decisions regarding their...

Latest answer posted February 20, 2016 12:03 am UTC

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In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper," describe the room that the narrator was in.

In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator is taken to an old estate home in order to get fresh air to heal from a nervous disorder. She describes it as a "beautiful" place with a...

Latest answer posted March 26, 2015 7:00 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," is the narrator reliable or unreliable? Can we believe everything that she says? Why or...

The narrator of Charlotte Gilman Perkin's celebrated short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" is considered an unreliable narrator. Initially, the narrator suffers from postpartum depression and her...

Latest answer posted November 19, 2019 1:05 pm UTC

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

The narrator describes the room with some precision, particularly the wallpaper which gives the story its name. The room is described as large and airy, and the narrator speculates that it has...

Latest answer posted March 28, 2020 7:15 am UTC

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How does the description of the wallpaper change over time?

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...

Latest answer posted November 9, 2019 10:28 am UTC

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The Yellow Wallpaper Setting

"The Yellow Wallpaper" takes place in a colonial mansion in the countryside. The narrator describes it as beautiful but isolated. Thus, she states, it is quite alone, standing well back from the...

Latest answer posted February 21, 2020 6:05 am UTC

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What is the conflict in the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper"?  

There are a couple of different types of conflict going on in the story. I believe that the primary conflict is Man vs. Society. The protagonist is living in a society (and further, a home) where...

Latest answer posted December 13, 2008 3:17 am UTC

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What does the woman behind the wallpaper represent? How does the narrator come to identify with her?

The woman behind the wallpaper represents the narrator herself, which is why she comes to identify with the woman. Over the course of the story, the narrator gradually sees this woman in more...

Latest answer posted October 18, 2017 7:40 pm UTC

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What symbolism is represented in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

Of course, the woman trapped behind the yellow wallpaper is the narrator herself. By pulling down this wallpaper, the narrator feels that she is tearing away the malevolent forces that restrict...

Latest answer posted March 24, 2011 6:41 pm UTC

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What does the ending of the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" suggest about the woman behind the wallpaper?

On a feminist reading, one could say that the ending of the story suggests that the unnamed narrator has so identified with the struggling woman behind the wallpaper that she has come to identify...

Latest answer posted April 7, 2020 7:06 am UTC

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From "The Yellow Wallpaper," why does John faint? Why does the nameless narrator "creep"? Has she committed suicide?...

In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," the nameless narrator experiences postpartum depression. Her husband insists that she follow the "rest cure," which was designed to minimize distressing...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2020 12:56 pm UTC

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Why does John faint at the end of "The Yellow Wallpaper?"

John faints at the end of "The Yellow Wallpaper" when he is confronted with the reality of his wife's serious mental condition and witnesses her creeping around the destroyed upstairs room in an...

Latest answer posted January 18, 2021 5:06 pm UTC

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What do we know about the baby in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

We don't know much about the narrator's baby, but it plays a very important symbolic role in the story, nonetheless. It's instructive in this regard that the unnamed woman has been forced to...

Latest answer posted April 13, 2020 10:29 am UTC

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Where does it show that the narrator is an unreliable narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper"? 

I would argue that the narrator's unreliability becomes obvious when she starts imagining the wallpaper to be observant and malicious. The fact that she starts to see a figure in the wallpaper's...

Latest answer posted October 19, 2020 10:49 am UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," why are they living in this colonial mansion? What is its history? Does the narrator feel...

The colonial mansion that John and his wife move into has stood empty an isolated for a long time, and John is able to rent it cheaply. The narrator says: It is quite alone, standing well back...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2020 8:58 pm UTC

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What does the woman behind the wallpaper represent, and why does the narrator come to identify with her in "The...

The woman the narrator thinks she sees creeping behind the undulations in the yellow wallpaper is herself. As the narrator decomposes into madness, she identifies with the woman behind the...

Latest answer posted November 10, 2019 10:35 am UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what does the creeping figure in the wallpaper represent?

As the story progresses, the woman in the wallpaper increasingly represents the narrator's deteriorating mind, and is a symbol of her own feeling of being trapped and imprisoned by her family and...

Latest answer posted October 20, 2009 9:11 am UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what is the narrator's tone?

Initially, the narrator's tone is confident but helpless. She clearly expresses her disagreement with the treatments that her husband and brother, both physicians, have recommended for her. She...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2017 1:21 pm UTC

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Identify the narrative style of "The Yellow Wallpaper." What is the effect of this style of narrative in developing...

Charlotte Perkins Gilman utilizes first-person narration in her celebrated short story "The Yellow Wallpaper," which is told from Jane's point of view as she suffers from postpartum depression and...

Latest answer posted February 24, 2020 3:42 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what are the narrator's feelings toward her husband?

The picture that we are given of the narrator in regards to the way she feels about her husband is that she is clearly trying very hard to be a loving and devoted wife. She does not argue and she...

Latest answer posted October 4, 2011 8:26 pm UTC

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What is the mood of "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

A lot of the mood of "The Yellow Wallpaper" has to do with nervousness and madness. That unsettling, uncomfortable feeling is something the protagonist shares with the reader as both start to...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2018 8:06 am UTC

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I need a thesis statement for "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Gilman.

Certainly, you could argue that Charlotte Perkins Gilman opposes the sexist practices of the nineteenth-century medical community, which largely excludes women from having a say in their own...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2019 11:43 am UTC

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What is the historical context within "The Yellow Wallpaper," by Charolette Perkins Gilman? Originally I believed...

"The Yellow Wallpaper" was printed in 1892, when women were still oppressed. In fact, even though they earned the right to vote in the 20th Century (1920), they were still oppressed. Things did...

Latest answer posted September 30, 2010 11:16 am UTC

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What is the style of "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

The literary style of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is that of the "unreliable narrator." The story is told from a first-person perspective, with only one point-of-view, and so there is no way of telling...

Latest answer posted May 27, 2012 8:30 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the ending of "The Yellow Wallpaper" with the husband's response as reflective of his...

Now why should that man have fainted? But he did, and right across my path by the wall, so that I had to creep over him every time! "That man" has ordered his wife, his "darling," for his sake...

Latest answer posted August 14, 2013 2:20 am UTC

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Irony In The Yellow Wallpaper

One irony of Charlotte Perkins's disturbing story is the fact that if the narrator were empowered to choose her means of recovery, then she probably would have cured herself, rather than having...

Latest answer posted February 3, 2018 10:46 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what's the narrator's initial reaction and description of the wallpaper?

The narrator initially describes the yellow wallpaper as being the worst paper she has ever seen in her life. She elaborates on the awful design of the wallpaper by mentioning that it has a...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2017 9:31 am UTC

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What is wrong with the narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

The narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is likely suffering from depression and likely from postpartum psychosis (at least in part) because of the young baby mentioned in the story. She finds that...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2019 1:22 pm UTC

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 What does the narrator believe would be the best cure for her? How does this contrast with what her husband and...

The narrator has both a husband and a brother who are physicians "of high standing," both of whom believe that she is not really sick, but suffering from "hysterical" tendencies. The two men agree...

Latest answer posted September 5, 2018 8:40 am UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," how would you describe the relationship between the patient and her caregivers?

The short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman takes the form of a journal, which tells of the narrator, ostensibly brought to the countryside for a cure, becoming more and more...

Latest answer posted February 27, 2019 7:06 pm UTC

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What is a detailed description of the wallpaper in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," the first-person narrator becomes fascinated by the wallpaper in her bedroom. She has post-partum depression and is being treated with the...

Latest answer posted March 1, 2018 4:27 pm UTC

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What is the significance of the fact that the narrator's room in "The Yellow Wallpaper" was once a nursery?

We're never really told what is wrong with the woman. However, she tells us that she has a baby. She also says that her husband rented the house for her to rest because of her "nervous...

Latest answer posted May 13, 2008 9:22 am UTC

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What does the ending of the story suggest about the woman behind the wallpaper?

At the end of the story, the reader is left with the knowledge that the woman behind the wallpaper represents the narrator, who has been telling us her story. Being trapped in yellow wallpaper is...

Latest answer posted August 23, 2020 2:54 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what is seen from the 4 views from the windows upstairs, and what is the emotional quality...

The narrator is restricted to her room following the birth of her baby and is likely suffering from postpartum depression. Her husband feels that confining her to a room for rest and forbidding any...

Latest answer posted November 29, 2019 3:17 am UTC

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What does the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" suggest about middle-class women's place and role(s) in this society?

The story is about a middle-class woman probably suffering from postpartum depression. She needs intellectual stimulation and activities, but instead is kept from books and isolated in a room...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2018 1:32 pm UTC

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Are there Gothic elements in the story?

Published in 1892, Gilman’s story is generally interpreted as a study of the protagonist’s descent into psychosis and as a condemnation of the “rest cure,” a treatment for nervous disorders that...

Latest answer posted September 25, 2018 6:23 pm UTC

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What is the meaning behind why John does not want the narrator to write?

In this short story, the oppressed, mentally ill narrator is forbidden from writing her thoughts down and carefully hides her journal from her husband and sister-in-law. The narrator's husband,...

Latest answer posted March 4, 2019 7:21 pm UTC

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How does the syntax and diction of "The Yellow Wallpaper" depict the slowly deteriorating sanity of the narrator?

Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses both syntax and diction masterfully to show the protagonist's deteriorating mental state in the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper." Syntax refers to the arrangement of...

Latest answer posted October 7, 2017 4:40 pm UTC

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Please analyze the quote below from "The Yellow Wallpaper." At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candle light,...

This is a very important quote from the novel because it explores how the narrator, in her state of sliding gently into ever-greater madness, comes to identify her own state and position as being...

Latest answer posted July 4, 2011 10:05 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," what is the signifcance of the woman behind the yellow wallpaper?

In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the unnamed woman narrating the short story is virtually a prisoner in a small yellow room with horrendous yellow wallpaper. She is staying at this small summer house...

Latest answer posted February 6, 2009 10:39 pm UTC

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What diction in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" relates to the theme: "When one is held in confinement against...

In "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, it is clear by the end of the story that the main character has gone insane. There are several key phrases in the woman's journal that point...

Latest answer posted August 5, 2016 6:59 pm UTC

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What is the main idea of the story "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

In the short story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator is brought to a colonial mansion by her husband, John, for a rest cure. John is a physician, and he believes that...

Latest answer posted September 3, 2019 6:55 pm UTC

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What clue does the narrator's repeated lament "What can one do" give us about her personality?

At the beginning of the short story, the narrator mentions that her husband is a respected physician, who believes that she is suffering from "temporary nervous depression" and that she has a...

Latest answer posted April 24, 2018 2:00 pm UTC

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What does the choice of bedroom suggest about the narrator and her husband's relationship? Charlotte Perkins Gilman's...

Throughout Gilman's short story, there is every indication of the oppressiveness of a patriarchal system influencing the life of the unnamed narrator. She bemoans, I don't like our room a bit. I...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2011 10:19 am UTC

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How does the narrator feel about the "woman" she sees in the wallpaper?  

The narrator feels pity for the woman in the wallpaper. At first she was scared by the apparition, but then she felt compassion and the compulsion to free the woman. The narrator spends days and...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2010 8:52 am UTC

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Describe the narrator's state after the first two weeks of residence. Has John's relationship with his wife changed...

At the two-week mark, the narrator is beginning to feel like writing again. Her husband, John, a doctor, is leaving her on her own frequently as he is away practicing medicine. Little has changed...

Latest answer posted February 22, 2020 9:05 pm UTC

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In "The Yellow Wallpaper," is the narrator afraid of her husband, John?

The narrator certainly does not feel that her husband understands or believes her when she describes her feelings of illness. She says, "John laughs at me, of course, but one expects that in a...

Latest answer posted May 11, 2016 2:46 pm UTC

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What genre is "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

Genre is never something that can be cleanly simplified to a single classification—a story or novel can and usually does fit multiple genres, all at the same time. "The Yellow Wallpaper" is no...

Latest answer posted March 6, 2019 3:44 am UTC

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