Story of an Hour vs. Yellow Wallpaper

794 Words Nov 9th, 2011 4 Pages
Lacen
English II
22 January 2011
Differently Similar In the short stories “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, are stories about women who suffer from different conditions, but are very similar. In “The Story of an Hour” the main character suffers from an unknown heart condition, and becomes very detached from her husband. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the main character suffers from a psychological condition, and is taken care of by her husband John but slowly grows away from his care. While these women may have very different situations, they are very similar in the way they grow away from their husbands, feeling oppressed by society, and wanting to feel free. The first
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In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the main character is constantly being told what she is and is not able to do such as “But he said I wasn’t able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there;… (Gilman)” This is an excellent example of her feeling oppressed, because her husband feels that he knows her capabilities better than she does. Another example of this is “’What is it little girl?’ he said. ‘Don’t go walking about like that—you’ll get cold.’ (Gilman)” This is an example of John thinking that her condition is so bad, she has to be treated like a child, constantly telling her what and what not to do. In “The Story of an Hour” the shows she has felt depressed with “There would be no one to live for during those coming years; she would live for herself. (Chopin)” After receiving news that her husband passed away in a train accident, she felt as if the burden of doing things for her husband was lifted, and that she could do the things she wants to do. The final similarity these two women share is the wanting to feel free. The woman in “The Yellow Wallpaper” feels that she is capable of doing what she wants to do when she says “Personally, I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good. (Gilman)” With this she shows that not being able to work and have excitement would help improve her condition more than rest and medicine would. She also shows she wants to be free, with multiple examples of her seeing a woman “trapped” behind a wallpaper
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