The Yellow Wallpaper 1. Who do you consider to be the main character(s) of the story? Who is the protagonist?

The antagonist? -The unnamed narrator is the main character, protagonist and antagonist. 2. What is the setting? How does it affect the plot/characterization? -An aristocratic estate, a rom upstairs specifically. We never see what goes on outside the room except for what the narrator sees, or thinks she sees, from her barred window. 3. What is the major conflict? (man vs. man , man vs. nature, man vs. fate, man vs. himself/herself) -Man vs herself a. What do you consider the inciting incident? -When John all but locks the narrator away in her room. b. What do you consider the climax? -When the narrator begins to strip the wallpaper off the walls to free the women hiding in it. c. What is the resolution? -John comes into the room and faints from the sight of his wife creeping around the room and what she has done to it. She then creeps over her husband on her way out. 4. What is the story’s theme? Is this a universal theme? -The story’s main theme is the theme that women are much less than men are in marriage. John, who is a doctor and should have a lot of knowledge on the subject of depression decided to coop his wife in a room for a cure. The narrator, being a woman, must heed her husband’s advice. This theme is universal because it is globally accepted that women heed to their husbands. 5. Discuss the symbolism in the story. Can you name specific symbols and tell what they stand for? -The wallpaper symbolizes the Narrator’s situation; flat, monotonous, and stuck. No matter what she truly wants, she is stuck in this room, repeating the same pattern every day, experiencing very little of the outside world. The woman she sees in the wallpaper trying to get out is her own self. 6. Which of the above elements do you consider the most important? -The symbolism. 7. What point of view does the author use to tell the story? How does this point of view affect the story? -First person, through her secret journal she kept. We only get to know what is going on in the narrator’s head, and even then we do not know if we can trust and believe everything there because the narrator is suffering from depression. This may or may not be postpartum depression, as we have learned the narrator recently had a child. 8. Is there anything about the author’s life reflected in the story? Explain. -Charlotte Perkins Gilman was very well known for her feminist stance, and her commentary on feminism is very apparent in this short story.