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Week 11 Discussion

Please answer each of the following questions in a well-developed paragraph.  Use a quotation from the text in question to prove your point.

1) “The Yellow Wallpaper” was written in response to how the largely male medical field viewed women’s mental health complaints.  How might sexism have played a role in that field?  How does it directly affect the narrator?

2) In “The Story of an Hour,” there is a lot of symbolism used to illustrate Mrs. Mallard’s desire for freedom.  Choose two or three symbols and analyze them in connection with that theme.

3) In “Cinderella,” Anne Sexton is retelling a common fairytale from a more modern and woman-centered perspective.  Why might traditional fairytales be viewed as sexist or degrading to women, and what are Sexton’s specific complaints/solutions?

https://archive.vcu.edu/english/engweb/webtexts/hour/

https://poets.org/poem/her-kind

Barbie Doll Discussion

Answer ONE of the following questions in a well-developed paragraph and use a quotation from the poem to explain your answer.

1) What connection do you see between this poem and “The Female Body” by Margaret Atwood?

2) Should this poem be read literally?  Does the girl actually cut off her nose and thighs, or does something more “symbolic” happen at the end?

https://poets.org/poem/helen-troy-does-countertop-dancing

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/spelling/

https://www.poemhunter.com/poem/barbie-doll/

She Unnames Them Discussion

Answer BOTH of the following questions about “She Unnames Them” by Ursula K. Le Guin in a well-developed paragraph.  Use quotations from the text in your answers.  As always, bonus points may be awarded to students who comment thoughtfully on the posts of their classmates. 

1) Review our definition for empowerment.  How might giving something a name have power over it?  What might unnaming it do to the balance of power?  How does this relate to women?

2) Take a moment to read the second chapter of Genesis in which God creates Adam and Eve and Adam names the animals (very short!).  Here is a link: 
https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Genesis+2&version=NIV (Links to an external site.)   As an outsider, how do you think a woman might feel when reading thi

JGW
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From The Michigan Review, Vol. 29, 1990.

“I am sitting by the Window in th is Atrocious Nursery.”

THE YELLON \TALL-PAPER.

By Cltarlotte Perkins Stetson.

T is very seldom
that mere ordi­
nary P””ople like
John and myself
secure ancestral
hall s for the
summer.

A colonial man­
sion, a hereditary
estate, I would
say a haunted

house, and reach the height of romantic
felicity- but that would be asking too
much of fate!

Still I will proudly declare that there is
something queer about it.

Else, why should it be let so cheaply?
And why have stood so long untenanted?

John laughs at me, of course, but one
expects that in marriage.

John is practical in the extreme. He
has no patience with faith, an intense
horror of superstition, and he scoffs
openly at any talk of things not to be felt
and seen and put down in figures.

John is a physician, and perltaps – (I
would not say it to a living soul, of
course, but this is dead paper and a
great relief to my mind – ) per/zaps that
is one reason I do not get well faster.

You see he does not believe I am sick! .
And what can one do?

THE YELLOW WALL-PARER.

If a physician of high standing, and
one’s own husband, assures friends and
relatives that there is really nothing the
matter with one but temporary nervous
depression – a slight hysterical tendency
– what is one to do?

My brother is also a physician, and
also of high standing, and he says the
same thing. •

So I take phosphates or phosphites­
whichever it is, and tonics, and journeys,
and air, and exercise, and am absolutely
forbidden to “work” until I am well again.

Personally, I disagree with their ideas.
Personally, I believe that congenial

work, with excitement and change, would
do me good.

But what is one to do?
I did write for a while 111 spite of

them; but it does exhaust me a good
deal-having to be so sly about it, or
else meet with heavy opposition.

I sometimes fancy that in my condi­
tion if I had less opposition and more

. society and stimulus – but John says the
very worst thing I can do is to think
about my condition, and I confess it
always makes me feel bad.

So I will let it alone and talk about
the house.

The most beautiful place! It is quite
alone, standing well back from the road,
quite three miles from the village. It
makes me think of English places that
you read about, for there are hedges and
walls and gates that lock, and lots of
separate little houses for the gardeners
and people.

There is a delicious garden! I never
saw such a garden -large and shady,
full of box-bordered paths, and lined with
long grape-covered arbors with seats under
them.

There were greenhouses, too, but they
are all broken now.

There was some legal trouble, I

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