The Importance of Setting in The Yellow Wallpaper

A detailed paper discussing Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s brilliant use of symbolism.

This paper is a detailed discussion focusing on the setting of the Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story “The Yellow Wallpaper”. Aspects of the setting: the wallpaper, the bedroom, the garden, etc…are analyzed and proven to be strong symbols which express the situation and feelings of the main character which lead to her overall breakdown.
“It is impossible to talk of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper intelligently and not mention the setting. It is the setting, especially the bedroom, which enables the reader to fully understand the main character’s decadence into insanity. Gilman’s perfect description of the settings from beginning to end, allows the reader to visualize the main character’s moods, pain, struggles, depression, and insanity.”