Compare And Contrast The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

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Story of an Hour and Yellow Wallpaper It was the norm of the society in the nineteenth century to have women dependent on the males. Women were most often than not, regulated by their spouses, and were expected to do nothing but make life, and living, an easy experience for their husbands; in return, the women of that era, were loved, protected, and cared for by their husbands. It was while ensuring that these norms of the society were maintained, that both women in the short stories, “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, were destroyed by death and madness respectively. In the two stories, both women were trapped in a situation in which they would have preferred not to be in, with the husband and the expectation of the society being the cause of their imprisonment. However, it should be understood that in neither of the situations were the husband’s actions intentionally done; instead, they too were living up to society’s expectations in order to maintain social order.…show more content…
In the “Story of an Hour,” it can be seen that Mr. Mallard has love for his wife as Mrs. Mallard reminisces about ‘dead’ husband. She reflects on his “kind, tender hands folded in death” (Chopin) and for a moment, even though she needs freedom, acknowledges that he was indeed a good man. In “The Yellow Wallpaper, Jane, the narrator and the victim of madness, makes it clear that her husband is very “careful and loving” (Gilman). On several occasion she writes, “he loves me dearly,” “He loves me so,” (Gillman) This was intentionally done by the narrator to highlight the fact that her husband never intentionally lead her to madness; instead, he was only doing as was expected of him by the

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