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The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s haunting story, "The Yellow Wallpaper”, has captivated readers for over a century. Jane (Alexandra Loreth), a young writer suffering from postpartum depression, is prescribed a rest treatment by her physician husband, John (Joe Mullins), who takes her to a remote country estate for the summer. When they arrive, Jane is enchanted by the old house. She becomes intrigued by the yellow wallpaper that covers the walls in her room. Over time, Jane’s treatment proves unhelpful and instead of curing her, the bedrest and isolation drive her deeper into psychosis. Jane begins to see things in the wallpaper and gardens and becomes convinced that a woman is trapped in the patterns on the wall. As Jane tries to save the trapped woman — and herself — John and her housekeepers (Clara Harte and Jeanne O’Connor) become increasingly worried about her behavior and try to confine her even more. The well-known, loved, and much discussed ending is still shocking today.

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