Comparison Of Just A Girl By No Doubt And The Yellow Wallpaper

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Women use literature to express how society views them. The song “Just A Girl” by No Doubt and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman were written one hundred years apart from one another but still share a lot of similarities in themes. Both the song and the Story explore themes of women being restricted, controlled, and dismissed.
The Yellow Wallpaper is the narrator writing about what is happening to her while going through the rest cure in a journal that she hides from her husband. is about the narrator whose husband John has taken her to a house in hopes that she gets better. The narrator has nervous depression and she knows that she is sick and not getting better. Her husband is her doctor but he doesn't believe that she is sick and laughs at her illness and tells her that she is fine and that all she needs is to stop doing everything she can and sit in a room and stay there. She is forced to stay in a room and she isn’t allowed to do anything so she starts fixating on the yellow wallpaper in the room. As the story progresses
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The Yellow Wallpaper has a theme of wanting to break free and the song has a theme of being sick and tired of being constrained by what is expected by girls. They both also talk about how girls have high expectations for example in the Yellow Wallpaper there are expectations of the narrator. Women are only expected to care for the house and the children. One big similarity is the representation of the room that the narrator form The Yellow Wallpaper was in and how it used to be a nursery, the room represents the innocence that is also expressed in the song by the lyrics “pretty and petite” and “little” from the song. In the yellow wallpaper there is also an instance when John calls his wife a little girl “What is it, little girl?” (Gilman .9). During the victorian era women were expected to be more innocent and innocence was so that man can feel superior to

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