The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

1111 words - 5 pages

“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin were published in nineteenth century and have similarities in some aspects. Both of the stories have discussed on the male-dominated society and the impact of the patriarchal society on women. The women in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” are being controlled by their husbands physically and mentally. They have been deprived the rights to speak out their own minds and forced culturally to follow and support whatever their husbands say. Both “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour” have suggested that the patriarchy-centered society oppresses women and causes unfavorable effects on women, marriages and society.
In “The Story of an Hour”, the ‘heart trouble’ that Louise is suffering from can be physical and emotional. Chopin vaguely indicates that the marriage between Louise and Brently is unhappy and it stifles Louise’s freedom. “She knew that she would weep again when she saw the kind, tender hands folded in death” (par. 13). Louise admits that Brently is kind and loving, and she, sometime, has loved him. Nonetheless, his control over her life and feelings makes her feel stressed and repressed. The news of her husband’s death actually rejoices her as she is regaining her long-lost freedom. “But she saw beyond that bitter moment a long procession of years to come that would belong to her absolutely. And she opened and spread her arms out to them in welcome” (par. 13) . Even though she is crying, but, from the bottom of her heart, she feels free and relieved. From the text, “She could see in the open square before her house the tops of trees that were all aquiver with the new spring life” (par. 5) and “Free! Body and soul free!” (par. 16), it is obvious that she is glad that she is finally free from her husband’s control and can live for herself in a way of her preference.
At the end of “The Story of an Hour”, the sudden appearance of Brently is, in fact, the main cause of Louise’s death. However, the doctor said she had died of heart disease – of joy that kills (par. 23). In nineteenth century, the men always see things from their own perspectives and never try to put themselves in women’s shoes. They assume their decisions and feelings are absolutely primary and right. Therefore, they think what they have done for the women is for the women’s own good. They never ponder if what they have done is what the women want.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is facing the similar problem as Louise does. John, a physician and the narrator’s husband, is authoritative and practical in extreme. John is overconfident that he know what is best for his wife and always disregards her feelings. Every time the narrator tries to express her own feelings and thoughts, John belittles them and even stops her from continuing. “…he sat up straight and looked at me with such a stern, reproachful look that I could not say another word” (par. 141)....

Find Another Essay On The Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour

Kate Chopin's The Story of an Hour and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

1746 words - 7 pages wallpaper that the main character obsesses over. The bed also symbolizes her husband’s control over her, and how it cannot be moved or swayed. While the protagonist from “The Story of an Hour” had her window in her prison to show a glimpse of freedom. The main character from “The Yellow Wallpaper” had no glimpse of possible freedom. When the wife looks out the window and imagines people walking up and down the sidewalk, she is told to stop it; that

Desire for Freedom in The Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper

819 words - 4 pages In the short stories "The Story of an Hour" and The Yellow Wallpaper the imagery, symbolism, and the changing and tone throughout these stories explain that women deal with, and the conflict of their personal freedom and identity in a marriage. The women in these stories are viewed as strong and do whatever it takes to free themselves from their husbands. In “Story of an Hour” the irony is detected in the way that Louise reacts to the news of

The Struggle for Freedom in Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour

1105 words - 4 pages Struggle for Freedom in The Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour   "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Story of an Hour" are two very similar stories. Both deal with middle-aged women who long to attain their freedom. They share the same theme, but convey the message differently in terms of style and quality. The two stories are about women who are fighting for freedom, happiness, and the ability to be truly expressive in any way possible

The Idea of Freedom and Oppression In The Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper - English Literature - Assignment

993 words - 4 pages clearly in Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour”. Each of these stories displays the struggle of women being denied their own freedoms due to societal norms of the time and other oppressive forces, such as marriage or an oppressive husband, each faced in their life. Society, in a sense, thought of women as slightly inferior to men around the time period of the late 19th century. The views of women

"The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and and "The Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin

1325 words - 5 pages "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and "The Story of An Hour" by Kate Chopin presents two women, Louise and Charlotte, who tries to overcome their controlling husbands to achieve individual freedom. The stories were both feminist. Webster's dictionary defines feminism as the belief that women should have economic, political, and social equality with men. In these two stories, the women fight for social equality with men as they

Freedom for Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

1278 words - 5 pages Freedom for Women in The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin 'The Yellow Wallpaper' by Charlotte Perkins Gillman and 'The Story of an Hour' by Kate Chopin are two feminist works in which liberation is the overlying theme. Both of the main characters achieve freedom from their husbands' oppression in these short stories; however, freedom is only achieved through insanity in 'The Yellow

The definition of women within the text of "The Yellow Wallpaper", "The Story of an Hour", and "The Rise of the New Woman"

1292 words - 5 pages loneliness that are obvious within The Yellow Wallpaper. It seems like it was a really hard time to be a woman. They were definitely discriminated against and seen as subordinate to men.Another example of a piece of writing that emphasizes women being confined and restricted is, The Story of an Hour, by Kate Chopin. This story was about a woman feeling liberated, instead of hysterical over her husband's supposed passing. This serves as another

Women in The Awakening and the short stories “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins

1465 words - 6 pages themselves and the quality of their daily lives” (Hall 202). Three literary pieces that tie in with Hall’s theory are the novel The Awakening and the short stories “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins. These literary pieces display women suffering from repression who seek a way to break free from their ordinary lifestyles. The expectations of traditional domestic roles gave limitations to women

Oppression of Women in Chopin's Story of an Hour and Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper

1261 words - 5 pages Oppression of Women in Chopin's Story of an Hour and Gilman's Yellow Wallpaper   "The Story of an Hour" by Kate Chopin and "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman share the same view of the subordinate position of women in the late 1800's. Both stories demonstrate the devastating effects on the mind and body that result from an intelligent person living with and accepting the imposed will of another. This essay will attempt to

The yellow wallpaper vs. story

1102 words - 4 pages Comparison and Contrast Essay "The Yellow Wallpaper" vs. "The Story of an Hour" "The Yellow Wallpaper", by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and "The Story of an Hour", by Kate Chopin, are alike in that both of the women in the stories were controlled by their husbands which caused them to feel an intense desire for freedom. Both stories were also written from a feminist point of view. However, the women in the stories had different life changes and

Symbolism in Yann Martel’s Life of Pi and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s short story The Yellow Wallpaper

1634 words - 7 pages reader hope that Pi will survive his strenuous endeavor at sea. In contrast, colors do not always bring positive emotions into a story; Charlotte Perkins Gilman taints her story a fading yellow hue in her short story The Yellow Wallpaper. Her use of the color yellow attributes to the idea of the sickening and deteriorating mind of the protagonist in comparison the the fading and aging yellow wallpaper along the walls of her bedroom. Within the

Similar Essays

Analysis Of The Yellow Wallpaper And Story Of An Hour

1111 words - 4 pages The stories of the Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour are both stories that have deep meaning, and many hidden symbols. In both stories there is a woman who in some way is oppressed by some outside force and must find a way to overcome this oppression. While in both stories the main charcter goes through a different ordeal, The main theme behind these events are the same and the two experiences can compare to eachother. the events match in

Relationship Between Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

1224 words - 5 pages 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

Comparing The Plots Of The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

1156 words - 5 pages When we compare contrast the two stories "The Yellow Wallpaper" vs. "The Story of an Hour”. If we first look at the similarities that they have, they are both about women who are controlled by their husbands, and who desired freedom. But both women had different reasons for their freedom. It sounds as though both husbands had control over their lives and both women had an illness. But I don’t believe the husbands knew their wives were so

Comparing Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper; And Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

1079 words - 4 pages Comparing Charlotte Perkins Gilman's 'The Yellow Wallpaper' and Kate Chopin's 'The Story of an Hour' 'The Yellow Wallpaper';, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and 'The Story of an Hour';, by Kate Chopin, are alike in that both of the women in the stories were controlled by their husbands which caused them to feel an intense desire for freedom. Both stories were also written from a feminist point of view. However, the women in the stories had