Both Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Susan Glaspell's Trifles share the themes of the dangerous nature of repression, the treatment of women, and alienation.
- Repression and treatment of women
Both the narrator of Gilman's story and Mrs. Wright, formerly Minnie Foster, suffer deeply from repressive acts upon their artistic spirits. For instance, the unnamed narrator has the keen sight of an artist who loves symmetry, and flowers and nature, while Minnie loves music, quilting, and songbirds. But, both women are forced to live under the starkest of conditions that deprive them of human companionship and conversation and all but mere necessities. For instance, the unnamed narrator notes,
I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.
In Trifles, in a similar fashion, out of her deprivation of human communication, Minnie purchases a canary who sings to her, as she once did herself when she was young and...
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