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The Yellow Wallpaper

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An excerpt from The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer.

A colonial mansion, 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 PERHAPS—(I would not say it to a living soul, of course, but this is dead paper and a great relief to my mind)—PERHAPS that is one reason I do not get well faster.

You see he does not believe I am sick!

And what can one do?

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 in 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 condition 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.
Grade 11 Author's Purpose CCSS: CCRA.R.2, RL.11-12.2
This passage comes from the introduction of "The Yellow Wallpaper," a story about a young woman who ends up being destroyed by her station in life. Which statement best introduces why the author chooses to begin the story with this passage?
  1. To provide critical information about the character and her situation
  2. To add a bit of humor to an otherwise depressing story
  3. To show how the woman's condition started
  4. To summarize the broader message of the story
Grade 11 Character Study CCSS: CCRA.R.3, RL.11-12.3
In this passage, what do we learn most about the narrator?
  1. She comes from an upper-middle-class and enjoys her wealth.
  2. She is independent and regularly breaks the rules in favor of making her own choices.
  3. She follows the guidance and rules of others despite the fact that she disagrees with them
  4. She serves as a model wife and keeper of the house.