The realistic movement in American Literature is speckled with writings from women wishing for a change in their status. There seems to be some confusion as Charlotte Perkins Gilman's purpose for writing The Yellow Wallpaper. While it's can be read through this lens, Gilman wished to shed light on the treatment of depression.
This resource includes the transcript of an interview with the author. Following the unit on The Yellow Wallpaper, students will write a short response essay relating Jane's experiences to the treatment of mental illness. Students will then create a "suitcase" based on the Willard Suitcase Project.