Feb 1st Discusion

Readings

10 Days in a Madhouse

The Yellow Wallpaper

Questions

10 Days in a Madhouse

  1. Schanz was sent to the insane asylum because she didn’t speak English and couldn’t prove that she was sane. Why do you think this was the method of treatment? How has the world changed since then?
  1. What do you think was the goal of the insane asylums? How did these conditions impact the staff?
  1. Anytime visitors came to the asylum, conditions vastly improved. What does this say about the day to day treatment of the patients? What does this say about how asylums were viewed by the general population? What does this say about the ethics of the staff?
  1. What would scare you the most about being in Nellie’s position? The least? Do you think it would be harder today to fake your way into a mental institute? Why or why not?

 

The Yellow Wallpaper

  1. Why isn’t she allowed to write?  Is this beneficial to her?
  1. Jane’s brother and John both give her the same “temporary depression” diagnosis.  Why do you think Gilman chose to mention this?
  1. What characteristics of the husband do you find symbolic?
  1. Is she being kept in or out? And in relation to what?