The Yellow Wallpaper

by

Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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The Yellow Wallpaper Symbols

The Wallpaper

The yellow wallpaper of the ‘nursery’ gives this story its title, and becomes an obsession of the narrator, who begins to view it as a living entity. Its significance shifts as the story progresses… (read full symbol analysis)

The Diary

The story is told through a series of secret entries in the diary of the narrator, who has been forbidden from writing. As a form of written expression, the diary represents the life of… (read full symbol analysis)

The Mysterious Figure

As the story progresses, the narrator begins to imagine that, in a certain light, a mysterious figure appears within the wallpaper. Eventually this figure takes on the form of a woman, and she seems… (read full symbol analysis)