The Yellow Wallpaper is a short story by Charlotte Perkins Gilman written as a set of first-person journal entries by a woman whose husband has locked her in the room to cure her of temporary depression. Over the course of the story, the woman becomes obsessed with the yellow paper, comes to believe she sees another woman trapped in the wallpaper and proceeds to rip it apart to free her. The story has been widely interpreted as a feminist critique of women's oppression and marginalization.

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