Amy Gilman 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Putting Girls in Boxes
Both Jamaica Kincaid and Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote with the purpose of informing others of the difficulties faced by women. Kincaid’s short story “Girl” expresses the way a mother places her daughter in a box and expects her daughter to remain there. Similarly in Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator’s husband John diagnoses the narrator with a mental illness and expects her to remain within her room resting and not doing anything. Through the development of the characters, point of view, and conflict, both of these stories portray women who are affected by the boxes they are placed in.
In “Girl” there is only two possible characters: a mother and her daughter. In the dialogue from the mother to her daughter one can see that the mother holds old ideals of who her daughter should be. This is the most clear when the daughter asks “...but what if the baker doesn’t let me feel the bread?” and then the mother responds with “you mean to say… you are really going to be the type of woman that a baker won’t let near the bread?”(321). The blatant questioning that her daughter would not be near the bread solely because of the type of woman she grows to be causes the reader to infer that the mother is from an older generation. The girl does not question her mother often and interjects only twice. The mother on the other hand is most of the dialogue and is giving her daughter advice and rules to follow personally. Similarly in “The Yellow Wallpaper”…

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