What is the big similarity between "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "A Doll's House"?

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Both works explore the themes of female oppression and gender inequality. In Gilman's short story, the narrator/protagonist is at the complete mercy of her intolerant, authoritative husband, who refuses to listen to her concerns regarding her mental health. She is forced to remain idle in the attic of their rented country dwelling as she suffers from postpartum depression. She continually attempts to express her thoughts and concerns regarding the "rest cure" but her voice is suppressed and her thoughts are ignored. The narrator is treated like a sensitive young child, who does not know what is best for herself and must be protected and cared for by a responsible man. Her overbearing husband treats her like a possession and refuses...

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I think that the yelllow wall paper depicted a woman who believed that there actually was someone/something living in the walls. Thats just a like a kid thinking that their doll house and the dolls are real. The woman sickness had her imagination running wild.

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