In "The Yellow Wallpaper" why are they living in this colonial mansion? What is its history? Does the heroine feel comfortable in the house?

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The main character in "The Yellow Wallpaper" is living in an old colonial mansion because she has postpartum depression. In the era from which the book comes, postpartum depression was very poorly understood and was called "temporary nervous depression." Like many ailments in those days, the typical treatment that was prescribed was to get fresh air out in the country. To do this, the heroine's husband rents an old colonial mansion in the countryside.

The mansion was selected because it was once a very wealthy estate where the children were tended to by nannies and other nurses. This was done so that the heroine could feel as if the pressures of motherhood were removed from her shoulders. The narrator, however, hates this house. It makes her feel trapped, and the wallpaper in her bedroom in particular...

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The Mansion adds to the Gothic sub genre and macabre subject matter, it sets a tone of  the house almost being huanted, as the narrator states in the beginning of the story.

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