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Comparison of The Yellow Wallpaper and The Darling In Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper and Anton Chekhovs The Darling we are introduced to main characters with lives surrounded by control In Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper the main character which remains nameless is controlled by her husband John He tells her what she is and is not allowed to do where she is to live and that is she is not permitted to see her own child In Chekhovs The Darling the main character Olenka allows her own opinions and thoughts to be those of her loved ones When John puts the narrator into the room she writes in despite of him telling her that she should not At the end of her first passage the narrator tells us There comes John and I must put this away he hates to have me write a word The narrator was told that writing and any other intellectual activity would exhaust her The only thing that exhausts her about it is hiding it from them The narrator tells us I did write for a while in spite of them but it does exhaust me a good deal having to be so sly about it or else meet with heavy opposition Conrad Shumaker suggests that John believes that if someone uses too much imagination then they will not be able to figure out reality He fears that because of her imaginative temperament she will create the fiction that she is mad and come to accept it despite the evidence color weight appetite that she is well Imagination and art are subversive because they threaten to undermine his materialistic universe In Gilmans Why I Wrote the Yellow Wallpaper Gilman tells us that when she was sent home from the rest cure Dr Mitchell gave her solemn advice to live as domestic a life as far as possible to have but two hours
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