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Wallpaper Prison

"At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be."
~page 6 of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper"

This was a good way to show how the character feels. Even if there was doubt that she felt imprisoned before, her view of the wallpaper makes it an even greater possibility. There is mention of bars on the window of her room. Gilman wrote on several occasions throughout the story that the protagonist wants to leave that house but isn't allowed. Later on, the character even begins to blatantly identify herself with this woman she thinks she sees imprisoned in the wallpaper. Just three short paragraphs after Gilman wrote about the wallpaper woman creeping, she writes that the protagonist creeps as well. All of these connections also act as a foreshadowing device, it seems, as the protagonist does try to become the wallpaper in the end.

It was just interesting how the character's view of herself was projected onto the thing she seemed to hate the most--the wallpaper.

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Jeremy Barrick:

She is basically a prisoner in the cottage. Her husband holds her there against her will as his sister plays the warden, always watching over her. The women in the wallpaper are stuck there also. That is until she rips it down.

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