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Comparing The Yellow Wallpaper And Story Of An Hour

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As we go about our lives, we experience many situations that put us through uncompromising times. We tend to be convinced that we are the only ones undergoing these hardships. Contrary to believe, there are other individuals that face the same misfortunes. In the story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a young woman, known as Jane to the readers, suffers with depression and deprivation of creativity because her husband believes she is delusional and loses herself in the wallpaper. In “Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, another woman named Mrs. Mallard is diagnosed with heart trouble and receives the news of the death of her husband, but instantaneously dies from a happy heart. Both of the women in the stories share the…show more content…
Mrs. Mallard’s overwhelming desire for independence eventually killed her, but in a wanting way. Both stories share the theme of women being denied freedom. Jane was denied the freedom of expression while Mrs. Mallard was being denied independence. Gilman used Jane as a way to express that in the past and present society, people suffer through mental illnesses that people don’t understand and it drives them crazy. In the story’s case, no one understood Jane’s thoughts that she started to find a getaway in them. In Gilman’s article, “Why I Wrote The Yellow Wallpaper,” she states,“It was not intended to drive people crazy, but to save people from being driven crazy, and it worked” (Gilman). Gilman uses Jane’s mental illness as a way to not drive her crazy, but a way to save her from her craziness, therefore the conclusion of her fully investing and escaping into her delusions. However, Mrs. Mallard desperately pursued freedom which resulted to her death. It’s almost as if Mrs. Mallard was in war with her reality for the prize of independence with was pure death. According to an anonymous article, “ they [people] feel malicious, murderous, revengeful, resentful, sad, depressed, lonely, despairing, etc. – and want to do something about it… will be interested in actual freedom” (Our Animal Instinctual Passions). This relates to how malicious Mrs. Mallard felt when finding out her husband died, showing the irony of how happy and relieved she was. It further supports how desperate she was for the freedom, her spiteful emotions towards the death had her crave more and more
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