This story is a collection of journal entries written by a woman whose physician husband has involuntarily confined her to her bedroom. Though she longs to write, she is forbidden to do so and has to hide her journal from her husband. The hero creates a reality of her own beyond the hypnotic pattern of the faded yellow wallpaper--a pattern that has come to symbolize her own imprisonment. Meanwhile, her husband insists she must recuperate from a "temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency," a diagnosis common to women in that period. The windows of the room are barred, and there is a gate across the top of the stairs, allowing her husband to control her access to the rest of the house. "The Yellow Wallpaper" stands out not only for the imaginative authenticity with which it depicts one woman's descent into insanity, but also for the power of its testimony to the importance of freedom and self-empowerment for women.
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