The Yellow Wallpaper and the Revolt of Mother Compared

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The role of women in society has changed dramatically over the centuries from women being inferior to men, to women gaining autonomy. The issue of gender roles has also changed over time; where in the late 1800’s males dominated the workplace and home, to women now acquiring more independence and self-worth. This paper will discuss the similarities of themes between the two short stories of “The Revolt of Mother” by Mary E Wilkins Freeman and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Through each of these short stories the literary elements of style, symbolism, and irony will be discussed, impacting the theme in various ways. Over time, the role of women in society continues to change, shaping each individual into a new era of …show more content…
That action also symbolizes that women were to do what they were told by their husbands, pleasing them, listening to them, and behaving them. There is various amounts of the usage of irony through the two short stories. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Perkins Gilman uses verbal irony in her journal when referring

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