by Charlotte Perkins Gilman
We've identified these texts as great options for text pairings based on similar themes, literary devices, topic, or writing style. Supplement your lesson with one or more of these options and challenge students to compare and contrast the texts. To assign a paired text, click on the text to go to its page and click the "Assign Text" button there.
Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High School Football?
- Josh Bean
High school football is an intense sport. Does that mean that girls shouldn’t be allowed to play? In this 2013 article by journalist Josh Bean, locals in the Alabama community weigh in on this debate.Pair “The Yellow Wallpaper” with “Should Girls Be Allowed to Play High-School Football?” to provide two different takes on what it means to be female from different eras. Ask students, how has the role of women changed over the years? What issues have remained controversial over centuries? What does it mean to be a girl in today’s world?
Stereotypes Might Make 'Female' Hurricanes Deadlier
- Bruce Bower
Hurricanes are named in alphabetical order, alternating between male and female names. In this 2014 study, researchers found that due to gender stereotypes, people might be perceiving hurricanes with female names as less dangerous, resulting in higher fatality rates.Pair “Stereotypes Might Make Female Hurricanes Deadlier” with “The Yellow Wallpaper” and ask students to consider the ways gender stereotypes have evolved since the 19th century.
Opposition to the Women's Rights Movement
This piece, written anonymously—though it is suspected that John L. O’Sullivan (1813–1895) may have authored this text—was submitted to The Democratic Review in 1852. It was designed as a rebuttal to Dr. Dewey, who, in defense of women’s rights, denied Biblical justification for the subjugation of women to their husbands.Pair “The Yellow Wallpaper” with “Opposition to the Women’s Rights Movement” and ask students to discuss the relationship between the wife and husband. Are their roles as husband and wife equal, or does one hold power over the other? How does this person wield this power?
The Lady of Shalott
- Alfred, Lord Tennyson
In this popular Lord Tennyson poem, the Lady of Shalott leaves her magic tower to pursue Sir Lancelot, but is followed by a tragic curse.Pair “The Lady of Shalott” with “The Yellow Wallpaper,” two stories about isolated women in rather different settings. What do these two texts say about the role of women in society, or what it can feel like to be isolated in a room or on an island?
I felt a Funeral, in my Brain
- Emily Dickinson
In Emily Dickinson’s poem “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain,” a speaker describes the loss of something internal that affects them deeply.Pair “The Yellow Wallpaper” with “I felt a Funeral, in my Brain” and ask students to discuss how the two texts explore internal loss. Ask students to compare the internal struggles that are depicted in the two texts. What literary devices do the two authors use to describe experiences of the mind, rather than the body?
Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own
- Virginia Woolf
In Virginia Woolf’s “Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own,” a speaker explores the inequalities that exist between women and men who are pursuing their artistic and creative passions.Pair “The Yellow Wallpaper” with “Excerpt from A Room of One’s Own” and ask students to discuss how the two texts portray the treatment of women. How do the expectations and views held by society affect the women in the two texts? How does the genre of each text — short story or essay — contribute to its theme or central ideas?