The Yellow Wallpaper Setting

What is the significance of the setting in "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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"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 road, quite three miles from the village.

This detail is important, given just how critical the theme of isolation is within the story, with its main character, who is already depressed, finding herself further isolated within the house. However, even within the isolation of the house, it is important to note that most of the story is set within an even more confined space: the nursery, which contains the yellow wallpaper that the main character both detests and fixates on.

These details of physical setting are critical in shaping the themes and plot of the story, given its deeply psychological undertones (undertones that are tied closely with its feminist criticisms). One can observe a sense of chauvinism in the husband's treatment of his wife. He neither listens to nor respects her own...

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