Kate Chopin 's The Yellow Wallpaper

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Two famous women authors of the Victorian era were Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The Victorian era brought out many different themes of freedom, confinement, and inequity. The Victorian themes can be seen in Kate Chopin’s writing called, “The Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s writing called, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” There are many similarities and differences between both Victorian women’s perspectives and writing. This paper will compare and contrast the short stories written by Kate Chopin and Charlotte Gilman. When the audience reads both Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” there is a strong voice of Victorian women. The nineteenth century families were…show more content…
Yet, it does not take long for the reader to acknowledge that Mrs. Mallard does not grieve the loss of her husband as expected. Mrs. Mallard associates the loss of her husband/end of her marriage as freedom. “She said it over and over under her breath: free, free, free” (p. 426)! Gilman’s short story, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” gives a different taste of marriage. The narrator and John had not been married long. Their marriage/relationship pointed out the strong patriarchal role of Victorian families. There was lack of communication on the narrator’s side, since she is seen as John’s wife. John’s authority, in the male dominant world, was shown through his own dictatorship over the narrator. “John is away all day, and even some nights when his cases are serious” (p. 487). As the narrator is confined to stay at home by her husband John, he is free to go and do as he desires. From Gilman’s perspective exposes marriage is merely a one way street and the man has right away. Gilman and Chopin’s short stories reveal through their woman characters the true impact of confinement. The narrators of their short stories are impacted mentally and emotionally. When the audience reads about Mrs. Mallards character there are several different emotions brought to the surface. The roller coaster of emotions begin way before receiving the news of her husband’s death. Mrs.
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