Importance of Setting and Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper

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Importance of Setting and Wallpaper in The Yellow Wallpaper

The Room itself represents the author’s unconscious protective cell that has encased her mind, represented by the woman, for a very long time. This cell is slowly deteriorating and losing control of her thoughts. I believe that this room is set up as a self-defense mechanism when the author herself is put into the asylum. She sets this false wall up to protect her from actually becoming insane and the longer she is in there the more the wall paper begins to deteriorate. This finally leads to her defense weakening until she is left with just madness and insanity. All of the characters throughout the story represent real life people with altered roles in her mind.
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This shows the reader that she is not very stable because she imagines seeing people when there is no one there. With this in mind we are able to go deeper into the story and see what or whom the people really represent.

The yellow wallpaper is a significant aspect of the story. It is the barrier that protects or wards off her potentially insane attributes and keeps them away. We are able to see why because the yellow wallpaper continues to deteriorate as the story progresses and so do her actions. At first she is actively involved in looking around and telling herself that she is not sick. When in reality she is in denial and cannot fully accept the fact that she has a really serious problem.

The main setting we have to understand would be her room that she is living in and everything that surrounds her in this environment. I believe this room represents her mind and that she is locked in there because she is actually in an insane asylum. We can see that the room has special characteristics that would not be associated with a normal room. I believe this room is part of her subconscious mind and that she goes there to get away from the insane asylum she is currently staying in. “For the windows are barred for little children” (454), “and then that gate at the
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