The Yellow Wallpaper
"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story by the American writer Charlotte Perkins Gilman, first published in January 1892 in The New England Magazine. It is regarded as an important early work of American feminist literature, illustrating attitudes in the 19th century toward women's physical and mental health. (From Wikipedia)
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The Yellow Wallpaper
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What can you infer about this story from the image above?
What does the speaker find odd about the colonial mansion she and John have secured for the summer?
Which of the following would John likely not have patience for?
In your own words, based on what you’ve read so far, what is the speaker’s "condition"?
What spoils the speaker’s “ghostliness”?
Watch this video to learn about two similar aspects of literature: tone and mood. (This annotation contains a video)
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What tone comes across through the speaker’s descriptions of the wallpaper as “revolting,” “unclean,” “dull,” and “sickly”?
Judging by the context, who do you think Mary probably is?
From your impression so far, how does John regard the speaker? Please use examples from the text.
This paper looks to me as if it KNEW what a vicious influence it had!In this line the speaker uses___________________ when talking about the wallpaper.
Who does the speaker think is responsible for the shoddy condition of the wallpaper?
Based on context clues, who do you think Weir Mitchell is?
The highlighted text exemplifies which of the following literary devices?
Delirium tremens (Latin for "shaking frenzy", also referred to as The DTs or "the shakes") is an acute episode of delirium that is usually caused by withdrawal from alcohol. The speaker says the patterns in the wallpaper are like delirium tremens; she is also, perhaps unconsciously, describing her own state of mental anguish.
How are these holistic treatments different from modern medical tips? How are they similar?
What literary device is being used in the line "And it is like a woman stooping down and creeping about behind that pattern"?
What do YOU think is impacting the speaker’s health? Please choose one of the following and explain how it is impacting the speaker’s health:Being secluded and alone Mental health issues Lack of sunshine and air Postpartum depression
How would you master a pattern; in other words, what is the speaker talking about when she talks about the frustration of not being able to master the pattern?
The woman that the speaker sees trapped behind the wallpaper is __________________.
The speaker is increasingly becoming more _________________.
How does the highlighted text relate to or reflect the speaker’s mental condition?
Can you imagine how this might look to an onlooker?
The speaker has gone from _______________ to _______________.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is considered an early work of feminist literature. Please read the section titled “Feminist Interpretation” on Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Yellow_Wallpaper) and write a short response agreeing or disagreeing with the interpretation, using evidence from the Wikipedia entry to support your response.
The Yellow Wallpaper Quiz