Analysis of The Yellow Wallpaper
Purpose: To examine a perspective on middle class gender relations in 19th century American
society: Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Yellow Wallpaper.
Process: Review your notes and discussions from reading this story to select aspects of the story to focus
on. For example, you might want to focus on:
a. The roles of husband and wife.
b. The mental progression of the main character.
c. The physical setting of the story.
d. What the work reveals about gender relations.
e. The structure or organization of the story.
Also, respond personally to the story.
a. In what ways did the story affect you?
b. What do you find particularly effective about the story and why?
c. Tie your essay together with a thesis statement, which makes a judgment about the story.
Product: A 500 - 750 words paper that uses internal citation and includes a Works Cited list.
An electronic version of this short story is available at the following websites:
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Research and analysis website of the story: