Why do you think the narrator becomes so obsessed with the wallpaper in "The Yellow Wallpaper"? (Think About) The description of the patterns and colors The amount of the time she spends in the room The changes the narrator finds in the wallpaper

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The narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is suffering from post-partum depression and is ordered to stay in bed and rest as treatment.  She is not allowed to read or write and is left alone for long periods of time.  She is not even allowed to see her new baby.

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The narrator of "The Yellow Wallpaper" is suffering from post-partum depression and is ordered to stay in bed and rest as treatment.  She is not allowed to read or write and is left alone for long periods of time.  She is not even allowed to see her new baby.

She basically is forced to stare at the walls, as the cliche goes.  She is a woman of imagination, and denied of any outlet, her imagination begins to transform the elaborate pattern of the wallpaper.  She stares at the pattern and traces it with her vision and follows its built-in trails, as she sees them.  Soon she sees a woman trapped behind bars trying to escape.  Of course, this is emblematic of her own situation.  It's implied, of course, that her own "incarceration" is transferred into the wallpaper.

Eventually, she becomes obsessed with the woman in the wallpaper, and tries to let her out by tearing the wallpaper down, but fails.  When she can't free the woman, she becomes the woman. 

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