"The Yellow Wallpaper" By Charlotte Perkins The Teacher Asked Us To Read This Short Story And Them Write A Summery Of It And Relate To The World Or Our Lives In Some Way.

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The story "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is told in the first person point of view by Jane. She is living in a house with her husband John, his sister and many workers.The story starts out with Jane talking about the house and how she thought it was odd that her husband John had gotten the house for so cheap. She wondered what was wrong with it and why it had been empty before they had rented it out because their house was being worked on. It was a huge Victorian house with lots of land and gardens on its property. It had stables and a fountain, and a lot of big windows in every room, as well as separate sleeping quarters for the people who worked there. Jane is mentally ill and her husband John is a doctor and is treating her. He chose to rent the house because it was in the country and far away from town, which meant Jane could have plenty of fresh air and time to think. Jane was kept on phosphates, phosphites and a lot of different tonics. Jane was restricted to her bedroom for the 3 months that they were to be staying there. The room was huge, it had a big canopy bed in the middle of the room which was bolted to the floor, big barred windows that looked onto the property, a bench near the window for sitting, rings in the walls for chains, wooden floors, and a yellow wallpaper with a weird pattern made up of lots of lines. Jane liked to stare out at the windows at the world that she wasn't allowed to participate in. A couple of times she complained to her husband that she hated the wallpaper and wanted to get rid of it. He didn't pay attention to her and told her to get used to it. Jane liked to write in a journal that she kept, but when John found out he forbade her to write in it, but allowed her to keep it. She would sneak writing in it, when no one was around and she was locked up in her room. The tonics and phosphates kept her weak and sleepy, so she never did much writing, She would just sleep. She would often ask if she could have visitors, but her husband always said no. After a while with nothing else to do she began to stare at the wallpaper and see things that no one else could. She saw that the wallpaper was faded out from the sun hitting it on certain spots, that the wallpaper had no ongoing pattern, each part was of its own, it was not properly aligned by who ever put it up, it was also rain stained from where water had seeped through the walls and into the wallpaper. Because of the water damage to it, it gave off a musty smell, which she hated and complained about until she got used to it. John would never pay attention to her just tell her to get used to it, no matter what it was. Jane would start to spin around while standing in the center of the room and stare at the wallpaper. She started seeing women hanging from where their heads had gotten caught and the bars of the wallpaper had strangled them and made their eyes bulge out. Eventually she started seeing a woman moving around in the wallpaper and then...

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