“The Yellow Wallpaper” takes place in a country house located about three miles from the nearest village. Although the large house is surrounded by hedges, a garden, and servants’ quarters, the narrator notes that the house and its grounds have fallen into a state of minor disrepair. At the beginning of the story, the narrator is interested in the surrounding scenery as well as the other rooms in the house. As the story progresses, however, she becomes fixated on the nursery and its wallpaper. The Setting has the appearance of tranquility, but is actually a place of confinement-there are bars on the windows of the nursery, and the bed is secured to the floor. The isolated location of the house, its somewhat neglected condition, and her further isolation in the fortress-like nursery, symbolize the narrator’s mental condition.

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