Comparison Between Charlotte Perkins “the Yellow Wallpaper” and Susan Glaspell’s “Trifles”
For some, like the main characters in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” and Susan Glaspell’s Trifles, culture becomes a trap.
3). According to Giele, the wife in the Play “Trifles” has devoted much of her thoughts into planning how she can get freedom (49) and so is Glaspell who wants to escape the gender traditions and the male-dominated society by forming a unity of women to defend a fellow woman against oppressive men. Giele concludes by asserting that the “Yellow Wallpaper” is one of many short stories by Gilman, where she presents characters trying to escape from conditions set by society (35).
Both Gilman and Glaspell illustrate the consequences of subjugation through isolation and disrespect. Similarly, neither women had anyone to talk to besides for themselves in their minds due to isolation. They were both treated with disrespect which caused insanity because they couldn’t do anything about it due to subjugation. In conclusion only negativity is derived from subjugation, isolation and disrespect.
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