What is a good one sentence summary for "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman?

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A good one-sentence summary of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story might read as follows:

The Yellow Wallpaper” is a highly ironic story that takes us inside the mind and emotions of a woman suffering a slow mental breakdown – a breakdown paradoxically caused by attempts to restore her mental health.”

No summary, however, can do real justice to the rich complexity of Gilman’s tale itself, a tale brimming with irony from start to finish.  Among the numerous examples of irony the story reveals are the following:

  • The narrator refers to herself in the first sentence as an “ordinary” person, but it soon becomes clear that she is hardly ordinary in any way.
  • The narrator declares that there is “something queer” about the house in which she is now living – a description more applicable to herself than to the house.
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