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The short stories The Revolt of Mother by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman both have strong central themes dealing with gender roles and the domestic life that confined nineteenth century women. While the women in both of these stories change the protagonist in the Freeman story takes positive control of her situation and facilitates dynamic change in her life, while woman in the Gilman story slips into insanity. Both stories use figurative language in the form of symbolism, and irony, to illustrate the themes and to set the tone for the story. Both rely on diction to add depth to the characters.
Both stories share common central theme of negative female gender identification and the lesser role of women in the nineteenth century as compared to men of the same era. In the short story The Revolt of Mother the central character Sara is a wife of forty years whose husband Adoniram is more concerned about barns and outbuildings for his farm than of bringing his family home and living conditions up to standard. In the work The Yellow Wallpape…