What story can you compare and contrast with "The Yellow Wallpaper?"

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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I have always liked reading Gilman's story right next to Chopin's "The Story of an Hour."  I feel that both stories really bring out the implications of silencing voices. I like comparing the condition of Gilman's narrator and Chopin's Louise Mallard.  Both characters speak to this idea of seeking power in their conditions.  They also speak of needing to rebel against this social and relationship order that precludes wives from having their full will being recognized by their husbands.  Another interesting condition is comparing the narrator's husband with Brently Mallard.  Examining how they are both representative of a patriarchal order, consciously or not silencing the voices of their wives, is something that reflects, to some extent, how men are a victim of the same order in that they merely accept the condition that silences women's voices.  They either do not know what to do about it or lack the vocabulary to understand the need to do something about it.  In this way, a very compelling discussion emerges on how the issue of women's rights and the authenticating of experience is something that applies to both genders.

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