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Thursday, August 24, 2006

The Yellow Wallpaper

Please post one or two higher level thinking questions (application, analysis, synthesis, or evalutation) inspired by "The Yellow Wallpaper." Be sure to read the other questions before posting your own to avoid repetition.

32 Comments:

Blogger BessieS said...

Are the women who crept around part of the lady's imagination, if not what are they doing creeping around in feilds and behind wallpaper?

1:56 PM  
Blogger Monique R said...

Does the author use the idea of the main character being the woman trapped behind the wall as a representation of her being trapped in a life controlled by others?

2:37 PM  
Blogger Jordyn S said...

Do you think the wallpaper really does the woman good or do you think it ends up making her more and more sick as the story progresses?

Also, what do you make of the constant referrals to being outside and to gardens?

2:41 PM  
Blogger Jennifer W said...

Is the woman trapped inside the wall-paper the same woman who "isn't"? and if she is, how do John and Jennie communicate with her?

What is the meaning of the wall-paper turning to green instead of the yellow?

4:13 PM  
Blogger mackenzieL said...

If narrator says that she had to creep over John every time; how many times did she creep and what determined when one time was over? Why does she have to?

4:34 PM  
Blogger emilee p said...

Because she is the woman in the wallpaper and she has been creeping over John(and Jennie) for a long time, what does it mean now that she has escaped? Is she finally free?

4:44 PM  
Blogger Chris B said...

Why is she upset about John controlling her life, when she appears to be ok with the wallpaper contorling the way she thinks and acts at home?

4:45 PM  
Blogger Erin G said...

How does the path that the main character travels relate to the path traveled by Phoenix in "A Worn Path," and how might their purposes be related?

5:30 PM  
Blogger Kelly O said...

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5:39 PM  
Blogger Kelly O said...

Do you think the woman creeping around in the wallpaper was just part of the lady’s imagination, or did a real woman really escape from the wall paper and take the place of John’s wife in life? That would be one way to explain why John’s wife began creeping around the room.

5:43 PM  
Blogger Jessica K said...

Do you believe that the woman felt as if she was the one trapped in the wallpaper the whole time, or did she become so entranced with it that she finally mistaken herself and the woman in the paper as the same?

5:53 PM  
Blogger jessicam said...

What role do each of the other characters play in the mental state of the main character at the end of the story? Did they cause it, or would it have happened anyway?

6:11 PM  
Blogger kaitlinb said...

If you were in Johns shoes would you keep the woman away from other "for her own good" or would you let her go out?

6:24 PM  
Blogger Megan D said...

Is the woman the one who is truely trapped in the wallpaper, if she is why does the author portray this feeling of being trapped?

7:29 PM  
Blogger EmilyL said...

Throughout her life, Gilman was an ardent women's rights activist, yet the narrator’s final and thoughts and actions revolve around creeping—the epitome of subservience. Does such an ending reflect the author’s feminist views and ideas, or does it speak of the futility of such beliefs?

7:34 PM  
Blogger ryan f said...

The wallpaper, after time, served as almost an antidote to the womans problems, even though at first it made her uncomfotable and distressed; how can something that bothers one so much, grow to be an object that is hard to live without?

7:36 PM  
Blogger Nicole E said...

In what ways does the wallpaper represent how the lady is feeling and in what ways does the wallpaper represent how everyone in the lady's life is feeling?

7:47 PM  
Blogger nathan a said...

What are some of the underlying reasons, which the wallpaper might have symbolized, that led to the narrator’s journey to insanity?

7:51 PM  
Blogger clay w said...

How does her relationship with her husband John (his over-protection of her) relate to the way the man with the gun in The Worn Path treated Phoenix?

7:59 PM  
Blogger christine b. said...

Do you think the author purposefully did not give the woman in the story a name? If so, what point was he/she trying to make by not giving her a name?

8:06 PM  
Blogger Anoel said...

The charactor often talks of fear and nervousness, and the color yellow represents cowardace. Did the author purposly use such an appropriate color?

8:07 PM  
Blogger Alyssag said...

Does the woman in the wallpaper connect with the woman outside of the wallpaper? How so?

Why does the main character hate the wallpaper at first, but grow to rely on it for her happiness? Does it have to do with control?

8:18 PM  
Blogger kyle n said...

Had the husband not been so intent and sure on his daignosis of his wife's "sickness", do you think she would have become obsessed with the yellow wallpaper?

Has the woman fallan out of love with John due to his "queer" behaviors? Why/ why not?

8:21 PM  
Blogger Spencer Z said...

Do you believe that the protagonist actually became the woman in the wall or did she simply go crazy and think that she was?

How do you think that the lady's ever-worsening condition can be related to the cynism found in An Occurence at Owl Creek Bridge?

8:29 PM  
Blogger Sarah P said...

At the begining of the story, when then woman refers to her husband not believing that she is sick; is she refering to an everyday type of illness? or does she know from right then that something isn't quite right?

8:30 PM  
Blogger J Hunt said...

How is the womans image of the outside garden similar to that of Peyton's "vision" of his house and family?

6:11 AM  
Blogger OfAThousandSuns said...

Is the woman seeing herself when she sees the creeping figures around the wallpaper and the field?

How does the wallpaper in the story drive the woman to near insanity?

6:26 AM  
Blogger JordanL said...

How could the yellow wallpaper be compared or related to John, in a sense of driving the woman crazy and not being able to understand it?

1:36 PM  
Blogger Ms. Kakos said...

For anyone in our class who happens to be checking out the blog, Corey from my 6th hour class found the following article written by the author of "The Yellow Wallpaper":

http://www.library.csi.cuny.edu/dept/history/lavender/whyyw.html

Gilman (the author) talks about her own experience with the rest cure and her reason for writing "The Yellow Wallpaper."

Enjoy!

4:28 PM  
Blogger Lauren F. said...

What is the narrator's mental situation, and why does she see other women creeping around? And why are they sometimes imaginary, and other times she talks about herself creeping around? Does she really have a baby? Or is that imaginary, too?

2:37 PM  
Blogger erinl said...

Do you agree that the main character was obsessed with the yellow wallpaper because she felt trapped? Or was it because she was in a mental hospital and was already crazy?

3:56 PM  
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