Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper

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In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the setting symbolizes much more than what appears to the reader in plain view. The story starts off with what seems to be a normal woman writing journal entries as she recovers from her post-mortem depression. As the story goes on, the reader soon realizes that the narrator is not as normal as once thought. She soon turns into a maniac with obsessive thoughts on the brink of insanity. As the narrator became manic, the setting becomes with manic along with her. She at first describes the wallpaper that she becomes obsessed with as just a patch on the wall that bothers her. A little bit later in the story the reader finds out that the narrator has become obsessed with patch of wallpaper. The wallpaper, in particular, symbolizes many different things and is one of the main points of the narrator’s focus. There are also many more elements of the setting that symbolize something in the story. The two main things the setting symbolizes are feminism and the decline of the narrator’s mental health. The setting goes right along with what the narrator is feeling, while also giving input into a bigger picture. The setting and the narrator’s mental health go hand in hand with each other as the story goes on. At the beginning of the story, the narrator hints at an eerie feeling as she talks about the possibility of the house being haunted. This is possibly a premonition of what is yet to come in the days and weeks ahead as she begins to lose her
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