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The Yellow Wallpaper Themes

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The Yellow Wallpaper Themes
 “The Yellow Wallpaper” examines the stifling roles that denied women
freedom of expression. The narrator (often identified as Jane) is
driven mad by her inability to write or assert her independence.
 The story details Jane’s mental and emotional decline.
 Gilman struggled to change the nineteenth-century view that serious
mental illness like depression could be cured by limiting women’s
activity.
Themes and Meanings
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is partly autobiographical. Charlotte Perkins
Gilman wrote it after she fled from her husband with her infant
daughter to California. More important than the story’s similarities to
Gilman’s own experience is the larger issue of a woman’s right to be
creative and autonomous.

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