What does the unnamed narrator from "The Yellow Wallpaper" have in common with Susie's mom from The Lovely Bones?

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The major similarity between the unnamed narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Abigail Salmon in The Lovely Bones is the emotional distance that each woman has between herself and her family.  In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator is crushed by the weight of her marriage and her husband's...

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The major similarity between the unnamed narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Abigail Salmon in The Lovely Bones is the emotional distance that each woman has between herself and her family.  In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the narrator is crushed by the weight of her marriage and her husband's continual insistence that she is prone to hysteria.  She is closed away in the attic nursery where she thinks of how she would like to write and be herself without having her husband John look over her.  Similarly, in The Lovely Bones, Abigail feels distanced from her husband and marriage because she puts all her effort into trying to be a good mother.  Over time, these demands crush her inner dreams, so she pulls away from her family.  After Susie's death, Abigail has an affair and runs away to California.  So both women feel distanced from their families because the familial standards that are imposed upon them stifle their inner spirits.

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