Comparing Women In The Yellow Wallpaper And Story Of An Hour

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Are Louise Mallard and the unnamed narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper” symbolically the same woman? Wives, who would rather die than continue in the Victorian Era of Matrimony, voice their marriage issue in two poems The Yellow Wallpaper written by Charlotte Gilman’s and Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin. Both women lived in a patriarchal society. A climate that demands women to be completely subservient to their husband’s in marriage. The issue exposes their feeling of imprisonment not freedom. Kate Chopin and Charlotte Gilman poems, tell of homes where women are not free which symbolize their prison. The Story of the Hour and the The Yellow Wallpaper share unquestionable similarities in how these women mirror each other. Their struggles with illness, feelings of despair, walls that close in on them and no warm loving atmosphere suggest the narrator sees these women as intertwined. To begin, the narrator of The Story of an…show more content…
Mallard seeing her world through the one window upstairs in her room. What she sees is “the blue sky, the birds singing.” “The notes of a distant song which someone was singing reached her faintly, and countless sparrows were twittering in the eaves” (Chopin). None of which she was allowed to take part in, being confined within her bedroom walls everything outside was being renewed and thriving with new life except for her. Being on the inside always looking out is most clearly a symbol for incarnation. In The Yellow Wallpaper, almost exactly the narrator looks at her untouchable world through windows at the top of the stairs. This is symbolism for her bedroom a prison where the windows are “barred.” (Gilman) “The house is located three miles from town,” (Gilman) restricting contact from others. “The house is set far back from the road, with “hedges and walls and gates that lock” (Gilman). The position of the house resembles an isolated
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