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Research literature on hysteria and other ''women's problems'' published at the end of the 1800s and relate them to "The Yellow Wallpaper."

What role does John feel a woman should play in society? How might a contemporary feminist view John? What are the attitudes toward acceptable roles for women today?

Read Gilman's autobiography The Living of Charlotte Perkins (1935) and compare her real-life experience with depression to that of the protagonist in "The Yellow Wallpaper."

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