For my A-Level English coursework I need to produce a 2000 word essay which compares The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and The Bell Jar by Sylvia Plath. The problem I’m having is that deciding on a topic is proving rather difficult. In last year’s AS equivalent coursework I got full marks and I’m quite anxious to gain a similar mark this year to keep my confidence high going into exams, so I think it’s really important that I pick the right topic to discuss. So if anyone who has read these two novels has any suggestions or advice, I’d be extremely grateful! The main sort of questions I had previously been considering were things such as “to what extent is madness a male-imposed illness in The Bell Jar and The Yellow Wallpaper?” - anything that studies Esther and John’s wife’s descent into madness, but lately I’ve started to feel that these are too mundane and unimaginative choices. It’s not that I don’t have my own ideas, but it’d be extremely useful to know what the main points of intrigue in these stories were to you guys. I need to get my creative juices going. Cheers! Edit - I should mention that the topic needs to accommodate close analysis of the texts, for this reason I quite like the idea of discussing metaphors as there are some incredible metaphors in both novels.