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Topics for Further Study

(Short Stories for Students)

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."