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The presumed oasis of any home, this bedroom is a place of self-torture & nightmare. Instead of seeing her authentic self in the full-length mirror, Ethel sees a mass of blubber that looks more like an extraterrestrial villain than a human figure. The yellow wallpaper is in the spirit of Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s feminist text: “The Yellow Wallpaper,” (1899) in which an ailing woman believes her bedroom’s wallpaper is alive, an experience that Gilman suffered when prominent medical specialists advised bed rest as a cure for ‘melancholia,’ a commonly diagnosed ailment among women. Gilman wrote this short story while in Pasadena, California.

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