Comparing the Plots of The Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour

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When we compare contrast the two stories "The Yellow Wallpaper" vs. "The Story of an Hour”. If we first look at the similarities that they have, they are both about women who are controlled by their husbands, and who desired freedom. But both women had different reasons for their freedom. It sounds as though both husbands had control over their lives and both women had an illness. But I don’t believe the husbands knew their wives were so miserable. So as we look at the lives of women back in the 19th century time they have the stereotypical trend of being a house wife, staying at home taking care of kids, the house, and aiding the husband in his work. Being in charge of the household makes women have many responsibilities to take care of …show more content…

This control caused both women to long for freedom from their husbands' behavior.
In fact the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper" made it seem that she wishes to drive her husband away. She explains, "John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious. I am glad my case is not serious!" (Gilman 9). This quote shows that she is glad to see her husband away so that she may be left alone to do as she pleases without interference from her husband. She has made many quotes as to be making it seem as she rebelling against her husband's orders, such as she writes in her journal and tries to move her bed when there is no one around to see her. Meanwhile, she always has an eye out for someone coming.
In addition the intense desire for freedom is even more obvious in "The Story of an Hour." Mrs. Mallard's craving for freedom is so strong that when she is given the news of her husband's death, she is relieved that "there would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself" (Chopin 2). It seems as though she wants to live her own life without having her husband tell her what to do all the time.
On the other hand both stories give the reader a taste of what marriage must have been like in the 1900s and for somewhat life could still be for women now. Both the narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Mrs. Mallard in "Story of an Hour" it seems as though both wives feel repressed. It shows that the

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