Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story that deals with many different issues that woman in the 19th century had to deal with on a daily basis. In general the mistreatment of women was so commonplace that most of the time it wasn’t even noticed.
The two main characters of the story, taking place during the 19th century, are the narrator and her husband, John. Life for the two is like most other marriages in this time period, except for the fact that the narrator is not like most other wives. Her hobby of writing is not a normal one for a woman of her time. Traditionally, in this era, the man was responsible for taking care of the woman both financially and emotionally, so there should be no reason for her to want to write.
The story begins with the husband and wife moving into a rented summer home right after having their first child. The wife has a funny feeling about it stating that there is "something queer about it", but John thinks that she is being too suspicious. She is sick and is suffering from depression, but John, being a physician that only deals with aliments of the body, thinks that she is fine and that she just needs rest. The room that they move into is what used to be a nursery and this is where the story really begins.
The first thing she notices in the room is that the windows a barred. She figures that they are barred to keep the children safe. Then the narrator takes notice of the wallpaper. Her first description of it says that it is: "dull enough to confuse the eye in following, pronounced enough to constantly irritate and provoke study” This is quite an intense description that says many things. She is discovering that the wallpaper is like a maze. One peculiar way that the narrator describes the actual design of the wallpaper is by saying that it is has "a kind of 'debased Romanesque'…go waddling up and down in isolated columns of fatuity.". The wallpape...