The Yellow Wallpaper Plot Structure

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Exposition
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The narrator and her husband, John, who is a doctor, comes to stay at at house for the summer; narrator finds this house to be scary, mostly due to her \”temporary nervous depression.\”
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Rising Action
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The narrator becomes especially interested in the ugly yellow wallpaper that is in her bedroom; she soon becomes obsessed with it, and can;t seem to think about much else.
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Climax
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As her state of mind grows worse, and she understands that there is no one to talk to about her condition, the narrator becomes convinced that she can see eyes, and then a figure of a women, who she believes is trapped inside the wallpaper.
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Falling Action
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The narrator grows to believe that she mush free the women who is trapped inside the wallpaper, so she gradually begins to rip the paper off the wall.
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Resolution
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Now extremely ill, the narrator believes that she was the women trapped in the wallpaper, and having completely removed it from the wall, she is finally free.
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Denouement
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John enters the room realizes that his wife is truly sick and faints.
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Narrator
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(Jane?) Dynamic; young wife of a doctor , good imagination, middle-upper class, loves to write, need to feel secure inner surroundings, nervous and depressed at the beginning of the story, but not ill, becomes obsessed with the wallpaper; mother to a young child, fascinated by the wallpaper in her room; insane by the end of he story due to improper treatment of her disorder; concerned about what is considered \”proper\” in society; aware that she needs help for her mental illness
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John
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Static; doctor; narrator’s husband and physician; father of young child; extremely practical; little patience with imagination; has intense dislike of superstition; loves the narrator, but is in denial about how serious her health is; does not worry about it much
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Setting
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Victorian mansion; in the USA, in one of the original thirteen colonies, turn of the 19th century; summer; the nursery in the mansion, where the wallpaper was located
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Point of View
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First person narrator. She is and extremely unreliable narrator, due to her illness, and the reader really is unsure of how accurately she describes events in the story.
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Theme
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Don’t ignore the problems of a loved one; if he/she asks for help, be sure to get him/her the proper help that is needed, before its too late
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Person vs. Person
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Narrator tries to convince John that sh his sick and need help
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Person vs. Society
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The narrator feels that John and his sister, Jennie are against her and are trying to keep her from freeing the women in the wallpaper. The narrator struggles against the medical community, which says she need isolation and bed rest to get better
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Person vs. Self
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The narrator battles up her mental illness throughout the story (most important conflict)
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Foreshadowing
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When the narrator mentions that she sees \”the lady ing the wallpaper\” through the window, but when she turns her head the women is gone (she is seeing her own reflection but doesn’t realize it showing that she is no longer full aware of her own identity
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Foreshadowing
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The narrators first description of the wallpaper foreshadows that there will be a problem with it
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Foreshadowing
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The mark on the wall and the pieces of the wallpaper found on her and John’s clothes foreshadows that something is happening to make these appear
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Verbal Irony
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The narrator stats \” I’m glad my case isn’t that serious\” when she is referring to John’s other patients
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Situational Irony
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The reader is surprised by the fact that \”the women in the wallpaper\” turns out to be the narrator, in her own mind
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Dramatic Irony
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John is completely unaware throughout the story that the narrator is very sick, but the reader knows the entire time
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Charlotte Perkins Gilman
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Author of The Yellow Wallpaper
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Jane
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Possibly is the narrator’s name; what she possible referred to herself as
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Why did she write the Yellow Wallpaper?
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To teach physicians that their treatment was not working, and to prevent people from going crazy
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What was the story intended to do?
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It was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy.

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