What is the significance of the woman behind the yellow wallpaper and what does the woman mean to the story and to the narrator?

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At first, the "woman" behind the wallpaper terrifies the narrator. The narrator finds herself watching the woman creeping and crawling behind the wallpaper, shaking the pattern and trying to get out. However, even though the narrator isn't able to realize it, the woman has already gotten out—the woman is her.

Shortly after the narrator begins to believe that there is a woman behind the paper, her own behavior begins to change. One day, when her sister-in-law, Jennie, is in the room, the narrator says, "[s]he didn’t know I was in the room." Because there is little other than a bed in the room, the narrator would clearly be visible to Jennie, but in her own mind, she is hidden.

The narrator then states that Jennie "said that the paper stained everything it touched, that she had found yellow smooches on all my clothes and John’s." The only way that the narrator's clothes would be stained by the color of the paper is if she was pressing up against the paper. However, even though the...

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