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3. Utopian Promise   



3. Gothic Undercurrents

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Charlotte Perkins Gilman - Teaching Tips

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  • Have students debate about whether or not the narrator emerges "victorious" in "The Yellow Wall-paper." This question highlights different assumptions about the value of material and psychic freedom.

  • Emphasize the many ways in which John's treatment of the narrator in "The Yellow Wall-paper" is based on patriarchal assumptions about women--especially considering that postpartum depression is now recognized as a legitimate (and common) ailment. What are the signs of postpartum depression? How does knowledge of this condition help us understand the story?



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