Analysis of the Yellow Wallpaper and Story of an Hour

1110 Words Apr 12th, 2007 5 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 both women we oppressed by men and portrayed as the weaker sex, both the woman find a way to cope with the situation, and both stories have a tragic and ironic ending. The first aspect both stories have in common is the fact that both of the women are oppressed by a man in their life.“The Yellow …show more content…
Althoguh both women are now in diffcult position, they both find a common ground or a way to deal with their problems. In the case of The Yellow Wallpaper one critism stated "Even if Jane does not consciously recognize the socially oppressive character reflected by the physical pattern of the wallpaper, her observation that “I fancy it is the pattern that keeps her so still” indicates her awareness of the futility of any attempt made by the woman in the wallpaper, or herself, to receive any relief, understanding, or satisfaction from this oppressive Order." (Suess pg.86) He comes to realize that the answers she is looking for she will not be able to find being trapped in the room. Just as the woman she now sees trapped in the wallpaper can not be happy in there. In The Story an Hour however, Mrs. Mallard takes a different approach to dealing with her current situation. After the death of her husband as mentioned before she is relievef and states that she is now "free." The way she begins to deal with the situation is that she realizes that she can now live her life for her. unlike Jane the answers she was looking for came in the form of her husbands death. This is appapent when she feels, "There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would