What are the differences and similarities between "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "A Doll's House"?

What are the differences and similarities between "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "A Doll's House"?

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The key similarity is that the two literary works feature women who are in some way subjugated by their husbands, whether directly or indirectly. The key difference is the type of subjugation that each woman endures, and how each of the characters responds to it.

In "The Yellow Wallpaper" the unnamed narrator is a woman suffering through postpartum depression. Her husband, as well as her doctor, decide that the best cure for her is to be isolated with zero stimulus. Slowly, the woman implodes under the care of men who do not realize what she really needs. In this case, the narrator believes that her husband wants the best for her but simply does not understand what that entails. She is right. Still, she abides by the expected female mandates imposed by society and his decisions. In the end, she loses her mind and has a meltdown.

In A Doll's House Nora Helmer is a housewife who makes an ethically dubious sacrifice to save her husband's life and lives in constant fear of finding out what...

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