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Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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herland-charlotte-perkins-gilmanSomel, Chapter 4here are no men in this country. There has not been a man among us for two thousand years.”The Mens Quarters/ PrisonSymbolizes security and comfort—but also a lack of freedomClothingRepresents Herlanderspracticality and humility in its comfortIntelligent young Herlander; develops friendship with Van and marries himElladorWealthy, extremely sexist and offensive man; interested in adventureTerryMain CharactersGilman was an American lecturer, essayist, and activist for most of her life. Born into a poor family, she embraced ideas of feminism and service to society. Throughout her life she advocated for financial independence for women, and she set up cooperative houses—not unlike her imagined Herland.CHARLOTTE PERKINS GILMAN18601935AuthorDoctor and poet at heart; believes women should be protected and acts accordinglyJeffQuiet sociologist becoming aware of his false beliefs about women; marries ElladorVanHerlanders value education and exercise, balancing bodily agility with learning.Physical & Mental AgilityForestCarefully tended, represents the ordered cleanliness of HerlandSymbolsThree men arrive in Herland, a country ruled and populated by women. In this peaceful, thriving utopian society, the men must confront their own sexist ideals and mistaken notions about everything from education to relationships.Womens UtopiaTHEMESHerlands women are free of the confining roles imposed by traditional society.Womens RestrictionsAn ordered life in Herland flows from the natural cycle of motherhood.Natural OrderEnglishOriginal Language1915Year PublishedCharlotte Perkins GilmanAuthorHerlandScience FictionNovelSources: Herland and Related Writings by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, edited by Beth Sutton-Ramspeck, National Womens History Museum, Virginia Tech Digital Library and ArchivesCopyright © 2017 Course Hero, Inc.

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