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The Yellow Wallpaper

This solution emphasizes various character types, setting details, and other key elements of the story.

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First, as you explore setting within this piece, please note that the milieu is vital because it portrays a time period of little scientific knowledge and rigid gender values.

The actual room where the protagonist passes her time is integral. Please note the description: "It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children and there are rings and things in the walls" (163). Thus, the room is symbolic as a nursery and playroom because it reiterates the separation or isolation from her own baby. The bars also suggest her repression. Please also note how the windows represent the outside world and all the beauty that she is unable to grasp. Finally, the yellow wallpaper with its "lame uncertain curves" (163) also symbolizes setting and also her ...

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