Girl Interrupted vs. the Yellow Wallpaper

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The main character in Susanna Kaysen's, "Girl, Interrupted" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's, "The Yellow Wallpaper" are similar in the fact that they both were suppressed by male dominants. Be it therapist or physicians who either aided in their mental deformities or created them. They are similar in the sense that they are both restricted to confinement and must endure life under the watchful eye of overseers. However similar their situations may be, their responses are different. In the stories, there were both positive and negative aspects and characteristics that the two protagonists possessed. Both women were thought insane and although they may not have been originally, being locked up made other characters question their sanity.…show more content…
Although she says she is trying to rescue the girl stuck behind the dreaded colored paper, this act does not show her husband she is not crazy. A common issue within the stories is the physicians. Although both ladies are not crazy at the time of their diagnosis, by the end of the stories, readers question their sanity. Although the stories take place during two different time periods, the doctors seem to have a similar notion on how women of the time should act in social situations. In "Girl, Interrupted," a clear example of this is given. In one of Susanna Kaysen's medical reports, they describe her as "promiscuous" and that she "might sell self." Because she is not in a stable relationship. But what eighteen year old is? In another report, they go as far as to criticize her wardrobe. Once of the examiners views Kaysen as sort of a plain Jane and sees that as an issue. In "Wallpaper," Gilman plays the more traditional role of the trophy wife whose married to the upstanding physician. Gilman never seemed ill so much as tired but by the end of the story she was insane! Gilman is so intent of keeping up appearances which is why I think she does what her husband and brother prescribe. She even says, "If a physicican of high-standing, and one's own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression – a slight

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