"'...You are gaining flesh and color, your appetite is better. I feel really much easier about you.' 'I don't weigh a bit more,' said I, 'nor as much; and my appetite may be better in the evening, when you are here, but it is worse in the morning, when you are away.' "
Conflict: One conflict in the story is between the wife and the husband, John. The husband insists she is getting better, when the wife insists she is not, the husband brushes it off and still insists she is.
Symbolism: The Yellow wallpaper in the story is a symbol for the wife's depression. She sees a woman at the end of the story and the symbol of this is she is the woman. The wallpaper is her depression, which she is suffering from and trapped in by. The symbol is the woman being the wife and the wallpaper and 'bars' are her depression.
"By moonlight- the moon shines in all night when there is a moon- I wouldn't know it was the same paper. At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candlelight, lamplight, and worse of all moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside paper, I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be,"
Theme: The moral of the story is to never assume someone with depression can get over it as fast as the wife's husband thought she did. She was isolated, as this cell shows, and got worse as time went on.
"That was clever, for really I wasn't alone a bit! As soon as it was moonlight, and that poor thing began to crawl and shake the pattern, I got up and ran to help her."