“The Yellow Wallpaper” Pre-Reading Exercise. Directions: Write about the following prompt. Pretend that you are assuming the role of the following character and write a journal or diary entry. It should be written in 1 st person.
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Directions: Write about the following prompt. Pretend that you are assuming the role of the following character and write a journal or diary entry. It should be written in 1st person.
Imagine that you have been feeling tired lately. Doctors really have no real idea what is wrong with you so their cure is to confine you to your room. You are not allowed any stimulus. Any extra stimulus, doctor’s feel, would make you even more tired. This means no cell phone, no television, no computer, and no reading. All you have is a bed, a closet, and a window with bars on it. This is so you can rest and find your energy again. What do you think you would feel like? What would entertain you? Discuss your struggles in your diary.
Describe what your mental state would be like on the 1st day, the 10th day and the 30th day of this captivity. Write about it in your diary (this journal entry). Really assume the role of this character. Be creative and imaginative!!!!
****When you finish, open up your book to page 765 and read the “Build Background” section for the short story “The Yellow Wallpaper.”
Directions: Trace any examples of the narrator's deteriorating mind as you read. To do this, create a heading for each of the following categories on your own paper. As you read list quotes (including the page number) that you feel illustrate each of those categories.
1. The narrator's loss of control over her thoughts
2. The narrator's hallucinations
3. The narrator's growing paranoia
4. The narrator's obsessions with various ideas/things
You need a total of sixteenquotes (at least two for each category)—not twelve for each category.
Directions: After you finish the During-Reading Assignment, imagine that you are the narrator in the story. On a separate piece of paper illustrate what you think the narrator sees in the wallpaper. What do you think that yellow wallpaper looks like to her?