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Can you compare the settings of "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Story of an Hour"?

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To compare means to explore similarities; to contrast means to explore differences. I suspect that you may be looking to do either/or, and to contrast the two settings would be simpler than to compare. I will, however, take you at your word and try to compare the two settings. Even if you did mean to write "compare or contrast" you'll still have your answer.

To compare the two settings, however, one needs to use the full definition of the word, "setting." Setting is more than the physical place of a story. Admittedly, the physical locations of the two stories couldn't be more different: an average middle class home and a mental hospital. But setting also includes historical time and social milieu or social environment. One of the stories was published in 1892 and the other 1894. This doesn't mean that the stories are set in the same time period, but the authors are at least partially a product of the same time period.

Another way to think about setting is to look at what characters...

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