In a few words, describe the overall theme of The Yellow Wallpaper.
The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
A short story written in 1892, illustrating the struggles of a woman in a male-dominated society. Explores themes such as feminism, marital oppression, and mental illness. A powerful and influential piece of literature in the feminist and psychological fields.
The Yellow Wallpaper
Feminism: the advocacy of women's rights on the basis of the equality of the sexes.
Patriarchy: a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it.
Oppression: the exercise of authority or power in a burdensome, cruel, or unjust manner.
In the story 'The Yellow Wallpaper', what do you think is the most important theme?
- The struggles of mental illness
- The importance of self-expression and freedom
- The power of the patriarchy
- The beauty of the wallpaper
Represent the colonial mansion on the first page
Did you know?
The Yellow Wallpaper was originally published as a short story in 1892. The story was written in secret by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and only sent to a few select friends. The story was later adapted into a Broadway play in 1977.
What does the narrator in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' seem to be struggling with?
How does the setting of 'The Yellow Wallpaper' contribute to the narrator's mental state?
There are several different theories about the ending of The Yellow Wallpaper. That do YOU think happened at the end? Be Specific and put your name on your answer.
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Represent the wallpaper! Remember-textual evidence.
How do you think the narrator's struggles in 'The Yellow Wallpaper' can be related to in contemporary society?
What do you think is the overall message of 'The Yellow Wallpaper'?