Hell-Heaven and The Yellow Wallpaper

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In the short stories Hell-Heaven by Jhumpa Lahiri and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman both stories convey similar theme. Gilman’s short story, The Yellow Wallpaper, tells a story of a mentally unstable wife, while Lahiri’s short story, Hell-Heaven, informs us about a mother and daughters story from the perspective of her daughter. The characters from both stories come from different cultures but one thing they both have in common is their roles. They marry with the purpose of serving for household duties such as cooking, cleaning, laundry, and taking care of children if they have any. Also lets not forget another job they have is keeping the husband satisfied and happy! In both stories the marriages are in a way similar to…show more content…
Although they are both having trouble with the marriage they are in they cope with it differently. In The Yellow Book, the wife is fighting mentally with herself telling herself over and over that she is not crazy. “I've got out at last, […] in spite of you and Jane. And I've pulled off most of the wallpaper, so you can't put me back” as much as she says that she is not free because she is still confined in the same room and most readers can assume that her mental condition only got worse from time to time of being stuck inside that room staring at the hideous wallpaper where she pictured herself in. “She not only grows to like it, but goes so far as to become, in her mind, literally one with it. Her relationship with the wallpaper, in part, reflects Lacan's mirror stage, albeit in an unusual, psychotic way. The mirror stage “manufactures for the subject […] the succession of fantasies that extends from a fragmented body-image to a form of its totality” (Lacan 4).” As stated by the author Suess, Barbara says that unknown crazy wife from the short story was not only a piece of wallpaper that she would see but it was something she saw herself becoming and could see herself in it but by tearing that wallpaper down she, unlike the others she saw stuck in it, was free and did not have to

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