Gender Inequality In The Yellow Wallpaper And Susan Glaspell's Trifles

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Gender inequality is a problem that has been plaguing the world for a very long time. The United States has made great strides to promote gender equality. Despite all of those strides America has made, there are still reminders of the gender inequalities people have experienced in American Literature. The good thing about this is that the slow progression of change in the women’s rights sector can be seen by comparing various pieces of literature dealing with the issue of gender inequality to the time of its creation. The best way to observe this progression is by comparing two different pieces of literature from different time periods, and take note of differences, as well as the events that could be viewed as responsible for those changes. Two literary piece that…show more content…
Both “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Trifles” tackle the issue of the societal oppression that women face. As the authors of these short stories have very different backgrounds from living in slightly different time periods, they both take on the issue in different ways, as “The Yellow Wall-paper takes on a darker tone, while “Trifles” does its best to show the potential that women have.

While both short stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “Trifles” speak of men oppressing women in society, they come at it in a very different tone and method. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” a husband severely suppresses his wife. The husband believes he is doing so in good nature, because he believes he is doing what is best for his wife. The tone of the short story is almost in a sense creepy. The husband eventually drives the wife to the point of being insane. The story
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