Women Obtaining Freedom in Novels, Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour

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Since the beginning of time women have been considered the inferior sex. Woman have been stereotyped as housewives and mothers. Woman today don’t suffer the injustices that the generations of woman before us have. Today we are equals, working alongside men. We are no longer trapped in the house cooking, cleaning and tending to the children. The female main characters in both the Yellow Wallpaper and The Story of an Hour both feel trapped and controlled, but deal with deal with their situations and obtained their freedom very differently. In both stories the women's husbands had control over their lives. In The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator's husband, John, controlled her both mentally and physically. She is for the most part imprisoned in her bedroom, only allowing her to rest and recover her health. She does not have a say in which room or décor of the room that she is forced to spend almost every moment in. Also, visitors are of course not allowed. Mrs. Mallard in "The Story of an Hour" had to deal with the same sort of situation of feeling trapped by her Husband. Her husband had control over her "body and soul". She felt that he lived her life for her "There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. A kind intention or a cruel intention made the act seem no less a crime as she looked upon it in that brief moment of illumination" (Chopin). This

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