What is the theme of "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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Stories tend to have multiple themes, and "The Yellow Wallpaper" is no exception. I would say that this short story largely revolves around two major themes which are intertwined together: it's an examination of mental illness, as well as a criticism of nineteenth century attitudes and assumptions about gender and the experiences facing women during this era.

Probably the most important relationship in this story is the relationship between its protagonist and her husband (experienced from the perspective of the wife). Over the course of the...

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