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The Courtship Of Mr. Lyon Vs The Yellow Wallpaper

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The two stories of The Courtship of Mr. Lyon and The Yellow Wallpaper display a variety of similarities in terms of their narrative elements. Throughout these pieces it is clear that a character placed under constant surveillance can reach a new level of self-realization through a variety of symbols. To begin, both pieces contain the aspect of character development. In The Courtship of Mr. Lyon, Beauty comes across the Beast; a developing character that goes the process of trapping Beauty and helping her to understand her true purpose. In the last scene of the story, Beauty realizes who the Beast truly represents as she notices, “it was no longer a lion in her arms but a man, a man with an ...view middle of the document...

Thus, the characters develop the ability to look deeper and learn about what one needs to be content, whether it is freedom or love.
Secondly, the two stories are quite similar in terms of tropology; specifically the use of symbols. In the Courtship of Mr. Lyon, Beauty is imprisoned in the Beasts’ house, but it all started with the theft of the symbolic white rose. Once the Beast realizes that Beauty’s father was attempting to steal it he is extremely upset, meanwhile the father stammers and says, “Forgive me for robing your garden Beast!” (Carter 44). Likewise, in The Yellow Wallpaper, the mentally ill woman becomes increasingly fascinated with the hideous wallpaper. This symbol continues to reoccur till the character finds the true meaning when she states, “Through watching so much at night, when in changes so, I have finally found out. The front pattern does move -- and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it!” (Gilman 8). It is evident that throughout both stories the reoccurring symbols represent the main character...

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