Compare Plath''s "Tulips" to Gilman's short story "The Yellow Wallpaper."
There are many points of comparison between the poem “Tulips” and the story “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Both works have a first-person narrator who is gripped by depression and psychological illness. The speaker of “The Yellow Wallpaper,” however, expresses ideas of how she might be better treated and therefore guided toward mental strength. By contrast, the speaker of “Tulips” is only remotely connected to thoughts of mental cure. She seems rather to have wanted nothing more than “To lie with my hands turned up and be utterly empty” (line 30). This image suggests rejection and refusal, not hopefulness and acceptance.