In Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper," the main character, Jane encounters a mental illness that would take control of her entire life. The progression of Jane's mental illness is demonstrated through the environment and how her surroundings depict her mental state. The house Jane lives in is a physical representation of her mental state. As the story progresses Jane has completely become isolated from her family and the rest of society. Jane is a prisoner in her own home.
During the 1920s, most of the houses people lived in were gigantic, beautiful and large. The house Jane lived in was a colonial mansion that had the characteristics of a haunted house. The house was in fact so huge that it gave the impression of living inside a mental hospital. When the family moved the house John, Jane's husband, placed her in a room in the attic. This room was a ruminant of a nursery for a little boy. By John putting Jane inside that room it showed how he really thought of her, as a little child. John saw Jane as a little girl and treated her as such by, calling her children's name like: "blessed little goose", and "little girl". Immediately after Jane went into the nursery room, she noticed how dreadful it was. The windows had bars which made it impossible for her to escape. Not only were there bars on the windows but the floors had splinters
throughout. According to Jane, "the floors were scratched and gouged and splintered, the plaster itself is dug out here and there." Indeed the room had a lot wrong with. Along with that, the only piece of furniture in the room was a bed that was nailed to the ground so it could not be moved. The room was representative of a room in the human asylum. Along with the horrible physical conditions came the smell. After a rainy period there was a smell that entered the house and the odor filled every room. The smell seemed to follow Jane wherever she went. Jane found herself intrigued...