Comparison Essay of "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Story of an Hour

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Jacob Perrotti 1 Ms. Hendra EN-111 Essay “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin are two different stories with the women both suffering from an illness. One of the women are sufferering from a mental illness and the other physical, and both are bery emotionally detached from their husbands. In “An Story of an Hour” Mrs. Mallard is at first devistated from her husbands death but soon realizes this means she is free from him, and in “The Yellow Wallpaper” it seems that John is very controlling and doesn't pay true attention to his wife. The illnesses of both the women affect their relationships in very similar ways. To begin, though two different…show more content…
It is evident in “An Story of an Hour” that the protagonist lead a very sheltered life due to her illness and people often too caution, but it is also evident that she wished to be free and to live her life despite her restriction because of her illness. Though her husband may love her on some level he still keeps her confined to that house in the name of her health. The contrilling spouse in an emotionally abusive 3 relationship usually makes major decision, such as where to live and how to furnish the home. The protagonist in “The Yellow Wallpaper” wants to take another room “but John would not hear of it” (p119). He didn't undertand or chose to ignore the fact that the wallpaper in her room was affecting her mental state. These evidential factors all lead to emotional abuse, using the two women's illnesses as excuses for their actions. Both women in the stories suffer from an illness, both physical and mental, an extent in both stories. Though there is emotional detachment, there is still some form of love, though it may have lead to spousal abuse. Though their husbands were taking action for their illnesses it seems that the husbands only thought of their wives by their illnesses, not as a person having one. This caused a great disconnect and in the end causing a great emotional rift to be caused between husband and wife, and making both of their lives harder 4 Works Cited Chopin, Kate. “The
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