Professor E. Gordon
12 March 2003
The short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a tale of female oppression and a woman whose fate is ultimately determined by both internal and external madness. There are many reasons for the narrator's ill fortune but the main one being the yellow wallpaper. This element that is hardly given a second glance by any other individual is the sole cause for the narrator's psychosis.
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with the seclusion and isolation in the musty yellow wallpapered room, the reader is introduced to a very mentally, socially and physically disturbed being. Had the narrator been placed in a different room without damaged wallpaper, maybe then her psychosis would have panned out a little differently, but for now, readers know that several other factors such as the location, the condition of the room, and the presence of others, all added to her madness.