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Setting in The Yellow Wallpaper

Setting Examples in The Yellow Wallpaper:

The Yellow Wallpaper

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

Gilman sets the 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. The barred windows evoke a sinister sense of imprisonment and isolation.

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