The narrator and her husband, John, who is a doctor, comes to stay at a cheap house for the summer. The narrator finds this house to be creepy and scary because of her postpartum depression.
The narrator's husband doesn't believe that his wife has a mental disorder and thinks she has to rest. The narrator wants to leave the house because she doesn't like the conditions and the wallpaper.
The narrator becomes especially interested in the torn up yellow wallpaper that is in her bedroom. She later becomes obsessed with it and can't seem to think about anything else other than the wallpaper.
The narrator's mental health worsens. She start to understand that she doesn't have anyone to talk to about her condition. The narrator becomes convinced that she can see eyes and a figure of a women who is trapped inside the wallpaper.
The narrator grows to believe that she is the woman who is trapped inside the wallpaper, so she gradually begins to rip the paper off the wall.
The narrator is extremely ill and she rips the wallpaper off the wall and feels free. John sees her crawling around and he faints.