The Yellow Wallpaper. Relationship between narrator and house.

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Escaping the Yellow Wallpaper

        In "The Yellow Wallpaper", the narrator's condition is much like that of the house. The narrator, as well as the house she is being kept in, is being isolated. As she is left in that room, her condition deteriorates. Being left in that room, her condition deteriorates. She came to the house along with her husband, John. He is an extremely opinionated physician, what makes sense to him is the only option. The narrator believes she is ill, but her husband, however, believes otherwise. She is battling ongoing issues within herself. As the story progresses, she becomes more aware of conflicts with her husband. Later on she becomes more aware of conflicts with her husband.

        The narrator's room was once a nursery. It has one window and distinct yellow wallpaper throughout the entire room. The room itself is rather small, and does not have room for more than one bed.

According to the narrator, John is a loving husband, yet it appears he is too controlling. Primarily, the closest village is located three miles away from their house, which isolates them from others. Significantly, the narrator insists there is only one window. Sometimes the narrator also notices what looks like bars on the wallpaper. They only add even more to a feeling of entrapment.

Throughout the story, the narrator mentions seeing people trying to crawl out from beneath the yellow wallpaper. This subconscious thought relates her to the feelings of being isolated in that dreadful room. It represents her desperate need to escape and be free of the control of her husband. She says, "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...