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Herland by Charlotte Perkins Gilman is an adventure story with feminist overtones. Three men go into the jungle to investigate the native people, where they come upon a tribe with a tale of a city totally made up of women. They find a beautiful city, with lush forests and beautiful creatures. After spending the night out in the forest, they meet three girls. They try to get more information out of the three girls, but they do not speak the same language.
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A group of women come out to the forest and capture the three men. They take them back into the city. The women teach them the languages and customs of their city.

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A group of four adventurous American men stumble upon a remote island country inhabited solely by women. They stay within the country and learn the women's language, culture, and history. They also make the acquaintence of four women from this country with whom they have romantic encounters. There is much quarreling among the four men about what this women's country means, and how the women's successes where patriarchal society has failed reflects upon male rule. After a misguided attempt at romance with one of the women, the men are sent back to their land. One of the four women accompanies them home, in order to learn about the strange outside world inhabited by two sexes.
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Plot & Themes

Time/era of story    -   1600-1899 Political/social activism    -   Yes Plotlet:    -   women fighting for rights Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   scientist Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Nationality    -   White (American)    -   British


How much descriptions of surroundings?    -   5 () Asia/Pacific    -   Yes Asian country:    -   Southeast Asia Jungles?    -   Yes Jungles    -   lost city Island?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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