Comparing Short Stories
Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" are both centralized on the feministic views of women coming out to the world. Aside from the many differences within the two short stories, there is also similarities contained in Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper," such as the same concept of the "rest treatment" was prescribed as medicine to help deal with their sickness, society's views on the main character's illness, and both stories parallel in the main character finding freedom in the locked rooms that they contain themselves in.
Both "The Story of an Hour" and Charlotte Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" display women discovering freedom from society's standards during the setting's time period. In "The Story of an Hour," Louise locks herself in her room after discovering that her husband has died and at that point in the story she finds herself more confident in herself. She exclaims, "Free! Body and soul free!" (Chopin 83). After she believed her husband died she finally had reason to take initiative in life and did not have to live a life were nothing was expected of her. She found freedom in locked quarters. Just as John's wife did in "The Yellow Wallpaper." As the wife's sickness progressed, her anxiety over the yellow wallpaper increased. The patterns developed within the walls showed the image of a woman creeping along, and as the shadows of the bars from the window cast across the woman. This can symbolize how she is like the shadow, imprisoned in her room and mansion. As time moved forward, the wife fully identifies with the image in the wall, and by the end of the story she locks herself in her room and frees the woman behind the bars by pealing off most of the wallpaper. In doing so she believes she has freed herself and says, "
I've pulled off most of the paper, so you can't put me back!" (Gilman 173).
In closing both women find freedom in...
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