Plot in The Yellow Wallpaper

The Yellow Wallpaper 1
"It was nursery first and then playroom and gymnasium, I should judge; for the windows are barred for little children..."   (The Yellow Wallpaper)

Notice how Gilman sets her story in a former nursery in order to emphasize the infantilization of the narrator by her husband, John--who chooses this room for her against her will--while the barred windows evoke a sinister sense of imprisonment and isolation.