Day 1

The Yellow Wallpaper Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is the situation in which the narrator finds herself at the beginning of the story?

    She and her husband are moving into a house for the summer because she is having mental problems and she needs a break. Her husband thinks she has “temporary nervous depression -- a slight hysterical tendency” but that she is not really sick, like she thinks she is. Still, he has prescribed a daily schedule of calm rest (the words “rest cure” do not appear in the story), which she follows as a kind of duty, and the reason they took the house for the summer was to help her overcome her condition. She has the days mostly to herself, and she occupies the upper room, a large former...

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