Bridging the Gap

Grace Rao, Soha Asif


Grace- Team Captain/ app

Soha- Organizer/ app

" A White Heron" 1850-1890

Social Tendencies

-Huge social issue during this time was the disagreement and the war over slavery.

-Picnics were popular

Advancements in TIme 1850-1890

  • speeding up the transportation and delivery

  • Cotton gin

Literary Characteristics 1850-1890

  • Novels and short stories

  • Objective narrator

  • Realism


"What a spirit of adventure, what wild ambition! What fancied triumph and delight and glory for the later morning when she could make known the secret! It was almost too great for the childish heart to bear."

"unsmiling Death who tries to teach and serve mankind so that he may at the last win welcome as a faithful friend!"

"One thing is certain: her own character had made as good a summer’s growth as anything on her farm"

"Afraid of folks,' they said! I guess she won't be troubled no great with 'em up to the old place!" (1.3)

"When they reached the door of the lonely house [...] Sylvia whispered that this was a beautiful place to live in, and she never should wish to go home. (1.3)"

Summary of Text

It was wartime and there was a guy that had hopes and dreams to see this bird and when the girl sees the bird the man is looking for she keeps quiet.

-So there's this girl named Sylvia, who lives with her grandmother and her surly cow in the New England countryside.

One day, Sylvia meets a hunter, who promptly asks her for a place to stay for the night. He tells Sylvia and her grandmother that he's looking for a rare white heron and is willing to give ten dollars to anyone who could lead him to it. That's big money way back in the day.

And guess what? Sylvia has seen the heron before. So the following night, she sneaks to the tallest tree in the forest to get a good vantage point on the bird. She sees the bird, and then hurries home to tell the hunter what she saw.

When she gets there, however, she can't speak and the hunter leaves disappointed. Although Sylvia holds her tongue for the sake of the bird, she never is sure that she made the right decision.

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"The Yellow Wallpaper"

Literary characteristics: 1890-1910

People were coming to America for settling
down and modernism was getting more often.

Social tendencies: 1890-1910

As people were migrating from different countries
they were also carrying some germs with them so people were getting
sick and in that ere Art movement was also common there.

Advancement in time: 1890-1910

Electricity was one of the greatest turning point
in the era (1890-1910),MODEL-T was invented. Air conditioning was
getting common. Steel was invented


"He said that after the wall-paper was changed it would be the heavy bedstead, and then the barred windows, and then that gate at the head of the stairs, and so on"

"I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me" (2.22 – 2.23)

"My brother is also a physician, and also of high standing, and he says the same thing"

"Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good"

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

Summary of Text

“The Yellow Wallpaper” examines the stifling roles that denied women freedom of expression. Jane is driven mad by her inability to write or assert her independence.The story details Jane’s mental and emotional decline.Gilman struggled to change the nineteenth-century view that serious mental illness like depression could be cured by limiting women’s activity.

-The narrator and her husband John are renting a beautiful, secluded estate for the summer. The narrator suffers from what her husband believes is a "temporary nervous depression." He orders her to rest as much as possible, and picks a room in the house for the two of them. The narrator feels vaguely uncomfortable with the estate, but obeys her husband’s decision for the two of them to stay there. She also obeys him when he chooses a large, airy room on the top floor instead of the smaller, prettier room on the ground floor that she prefers. Since her husband is a doctor, he wins all their arguments. The narrator would like to spend her time writing, but her husband, brother, and assorted other family members think this is a terrible idea.

Let’s recap: The narrator is living in a house in which she feels uncomfortable, in a room she hasn’t picked out, and is forbidden from engaging in the one activity she enjoys. No wonder she becomes absolutely obsessed with the yellow wallpaper in her room. She begins fanatically tracing the pattern of the wallpaper and soon becomes convinced that there is a woman trapped within the paper. Shortly before the narrator is due to depart the house, she decides that she must free the trapped woman by stripping the wallpaper off. When her husband comes into the room, the narrator declares that she is now free. Upon seeing his wife creeping around the room peeling the paper off the walls, John faints. The narrator continues creeping around the room.


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- Margo, Robert A. Race and Schooling in the South, 1880-1950: An Economic History. Chicago: U of Chicago, 1990. Web.