What is the style of "The Yellow Wallpaper"?

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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 if the reader is getting the whole truth. Without a second point-of-view, or even a third-person narration style, the story can only be seen from one angle: the narrator, who is suffering first from post-partum depression and then from an increasingly severe mental breakdown.

This style is seen in many stories, from realistic crime fiction to fantasy and space opera. By re-reading the story with an understanding of the narrator's unreliability -- not dishonesty, but instead the inability to speak objectively -- the story can develop multiple meanings and interpretations. As "The Yellow Wallpaper" is deliberately a story about gender roles and cultural conventions, its interpretation usually remains the same regardless of the reading, but there could be a case made for the narrator's mental...

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