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Relationship Between Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

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Family relationships, especially involving spouses can create difficulties and challenges for one or the other, in-turn could create an impact in their relationship. Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" are short stories centralized on the view of two married women, the challenges they endure in their relationships and coping with their spouse. Women wanting to have freedom, having to deal with an illness and their position in the household can create such challenges for spouses.Freedom to women means to be treated as an equal to their spouse, to avoid being controlled with every aspect of their lives. In Kate Chopin's "The Story of and ...view middle of the document...

This portrayal of the room could be described as confinement for the narrator, and a sense feeling trapped.In both short stories, the main characters, Mrs. Mallard and the narrator have or ended up developing some sort of illness while in their marriages which can create difficulties in their relationship. In "Story of an Hour" it was stated Mrs. Mallard was "affiliated with heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband's death" (Chopin 1). According to the facts provided in the short story there was no hint or confirmation that she had this condition since her childhood, so objectively speaking, assumptions could be made such as Mrs. Mallard developing the illness over the course of her marriage. In "Yellow Wallpaper", the narrator is mentally ill and with the advice of her husband, a physician advises her that nothing is wrong, according to the this quote "…you see, he does not believe I am sick…if a physician of high standing and one's own husband assures friends and relatives that there is nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression - a slight hysterical tendency" (Gilman 55). For that fact, the husband advises her to be confined in a room, and stating her disapproval, she would say her husband "would not hear of it" (Gilman 56). As time went by in her room, she looks to have developed fascination with the wallpaper in the room, which she also disliked, using her imagination. Every aspect of the wallpaper was analyzed with thoughts such as "This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had" (Gilman 59) and "The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out" (Gilman 63). These facts could be assumed that she was starting to get mentally unstable being imprisoned, with her spouse not willing to help her; a mental illness was present.The 18th century is known for husband's being the dominant gender whereas their spouse is looked upon as "fragile" while their thoughts and suggestions being ignored. The husband's duty would be that they are the income earners whereas the wife would preform her duties as what a typical wife would do during that...

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