Ch 9: Studying The Yellow Wallpaper

About This Chapter

Let us help you understand and analyze the short story ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' with this informative chapter. Review the lessons to learn all about the story and its characters and symbolism, and then take the quizzes to ensure you're ready to write an essay or take a quiz.

Studying The Yellow Wallpaper - Chapter Summary

In this fun chapter, you'll review some of the important elements of the short story ''The Yellow Wallpaper.'' Our lessons cover the setting of the story, its literary devices and some of the important symbolism that author Charlotte Perkins Gilman uses. These thorough learning tools can help you understand challenging portions of the story or help you prepare for an assignment. You can study at any time you'd like on your mobile phone or tablet. If you have any questions as you complete the lessons, our instructors are available to help. This chapter is designed to:

  • Identify the purpose of the rest cure in The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Describe the setting and the symbolism of the story
  • Explain who Jane and Mary are in The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Discuss The Yellow Wallpaper and it's connection to women's rights
  • Detail who narrates the story
  • Talk about the husband's role in The Yellow Wallpaper
  • Outline the literary devices and figurative language used in the story
  • Give important quotes from the story

11 Lessons in Chapter 9: Studying The Yellow Wallpaper
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What is the Rest Cure in The Yellow Wallpaper?

1. What is the Rest Cure in The Yellow Wallpaper?

In 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' the narrator's husband prescribes her something called a 'rest cure,' which turns out to be neither. We'll learn about the history of the rest cure and how it relates to Gilman and her narrator's experiences.

Setting of The Yellow Wallpaper

2. Setting of The Yellow Wallpaper

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' takes place in a room with (as you might have guessed) yellow wallpaper on the walls. Why does this story take place in one room? Watch this video for a short explanation of the setting of ''The Yellow Wallpaper.''

Who is Jane in The Yellow Wallpaper?

3. Who is Jane in The Yellow Wallpaper?

There are only two possibilities for the identity of 'Jane' in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' - it is either a typo for Jennie, or Jane refers to the narrator herself. This lesson covers both, and focuses on the argument that Jane is the name of the narrator.

The Yellow Wallpaper Symbolism

4. The Yellow Wallpaper Symbolism

This lesson will examine the symbolism at work in Charlotte Perkins Gilman's short story ''The Yellow Wallpaper.'' We will see how these symbols combine to form a powerful statement about the repression of women in a traditional patriarchal society.

The Yellow Wallpaper & Women's Rights

5. The Yellow Wallpaper & Women's Rights

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' amply demonstrates the conventional expectations placed on women. These expectations seemingly imprison women, much as the wallpaper does. To assert their independence, they must remove the bars imposed by patriarchal society.

The Husband in The Yellow Wallpaper

6. The Husband in The Yellow Wallpaper

In the beginning of 'The Yellow Wallpaper,' the narrator describes her husband as a kind of saintly caretaker. By the end of the narrative, he becomes a kind of prison guard that she has to escape. We'll learn about the role of the husband in Gilman's story.

Who is the Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper?

7. Who is the Narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper?

The narrator of Charlotte Perkins Gilman's ''The Yellow Wallpaper'' fulfills several roles. She is the patient and wife of the man attending to her. Perhaps more importantly, the narrator is a prisoner in her own home. She is a physical representation of the woman in the wallpaper.

Who is Mary in The Yellow Wallpaper?

8. Who is Mary in The Yellow Wallpaper?

'The Yellow Wallpaper', written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman in 1892, is often viewed as a classic feminist short story. Mary, a nursemaid, is only mentioned once, yet the character holds some significance in interpreting and understanding the story.

The Yellow Wallpaper Literary Devices

9. The Yellow Wallpaper Literary Devices

Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' is the story of a woman's descent into madness, during which she begins to believe that there is another woman trapped inside her wallpaper. This lesson looks at the literary devices that Gilman used to craft her story.

The Yellow Wallpaper Figurative Language

10. The Yellow Wallpaper Figurative Language

This lesson will teach readers about the types of figurative language that Charlotte Perkins Gilman used to enhance her descriptions in her 1892 feminist short story 'The Yellow Wallpaper.'

The Yellow Wallpaper Quotes

11. The Yellow Wallpaper Quotes

''The Yellow Wallpaper'' by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is a feminist American short story that follows a young woman prescribed the rest cure for her nervous depression. In this lesson, we will look at quotes from the short story.

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