Comparing The Representation Of Women 's ' The Yellow Wallpaper ' And ' Pride And Prejudice '

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Compare the representation of women in Gilman’s ‘The yellow wallpaper’ and Austen’s ‘pride and prejudice’. To what extent do you agree with the view that Gilman presents conventional patriarchal expectations of women, more critically than Austen. Both Austen and Gilman breakthrough the conformity of femininity at a time of rising feminism in a bid to encourage the female viewpoint which was put down or rather shunned to be less valuable by the society they lived in. Gilman however presents it in a more peculiar and violent way in making her character fall into sanity to bring across women’s right of voice. One could argue Austen, although subtly hinting at the affects or mocking patriarchy, does not seem to have as much of an impact or focus on exploring the harsh conventional expectations women faced and the effect it had on restraining their creative conscience. Both authors focus on the ‘unequal status of women’ within marriage. Gilman explores, Women’s obligation to remain in the domestic sphere. She argues that it steals them of the expression of their full powers of creativity and intelligence. Her character jane, mocks the rational ‘masculine’ explanation in not believing in faith but rather ‘figures’ in comparison Elizabeth’s ‘reading’ in pride and prejudice allows her to explore her self-identity. Both Austen and Gilman ironically mock the social convention of men’s rationality being above women’s creativity. However, one could argue that in all of Austen’s

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