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“The Yellow Wallpaper” And “The Awakening” Woman’s Perspective Search Of Freedom

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The Conservative period set countless restraints on humanity. These societal values had a strong influence on the individuals and society in general, particularly the women. Woman behaved in a way how their husband’s wanted because they were living their lives by the controlled ways of the man. This distinction is apparent in the story of “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and the story of “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin. I want to discuss that Edna and Jean’s liberty was interdicted by their husbands. Finally, the way how both stories end—Edna’s death, and Jean’s insanity—demonstrates the inevitability of Edna’s and Jean’s circumstances. At last, none of them had ...view middle of the document...

Her role in the family was to only take care for her children and she did not have any right to expect more from her life. Firstly, when she gets married she only cries, because her husband wants her to do what he says. He came home late-night; sometimes jagged, sitting there and smoking, and wanted Edna to take care for the children because he was feeling sick and that is her only responsibility. She understands that was not pleased with that life. Therefore, Edna starts thinking about herself as a person, and about the way she was living, she decides to think about her passions, she needed to innovate herself. Edna and Jean are symbolized as women who live their life dominated by husband imprisoned in tyrannical methods. Likewise, Edna is a woman that contravened her husband and deserted her role in the house. Instead of trying to get well with her husband she decided to follow her desires.
The two stories show the manner that these characters are imprisoned with the usage of an enclosure that is described there. Firstly, that can be seen in the opening of “The Awakening”, when there is demonstrated a resemblance of a trapped parrot that had “the right to make all the noise [he] wished,” however, was repeatedly disregarded by Mr. Pontellier (Chopin 1). The parrot in the story is a representation that Edna is described as a woman that is stuck in societal customs. Edna, comparable to parrot, always says what she desires, however, she never gets her freedom that she wishes for. A different illustration of coop imagery is her home that she lives—she assumes that by living there she will get rid of the effect of her partner. In the beginning of the story, the narrator tries to convince us that the house that she moves offers Edna some kind of independence that she is in search for. Still, when comparing the concept of Edna’s new house with the appearance of a pigeon-house, demonstrates that she is still not getting her freedom. Pigeon-houses are places filled of coops that pigeons are not able to fly from there. Since a bird that flies is a sign of independence, it is obvious that a pigeon-house is a sign of the constraint of Edna’s independence.
Similarly, in the story of “The Yellow Wall-Paper,” the narrator talks about imprison bars. For instance, she becomes obsessed of gazing in the wallpaper for days than after some time, “by moonlight, it becomes bars!” (Gilman 14). Afterwards, she assumes that she sees a trapped woman, that “takes hold of the bars and shakes them hard” and that is “all the time trying to climb through” (Gilman 16). She proclaims that the woman she sees in the wallpaper, “nobody could climb through that pattern” (Gilman 16). Finally, towards the end, the main character starts to empathize with the lady after the bars. This demonstrates that the imprisoned woman is characteristic of her own emotion of constraint. These bars in the yellow wallpaper signify the societal bounds put on her independence that...

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