In the two short stories, both women feel repressed in their role unwillingly to escape their room leaving them to have a distorted reality created by their mind. Under societal conditions, both women embody a struggle for freedom while spiraling into id tendencies and primal thought. In the Yellow Wallpaper, the woman has very little control over her life due to her nervous condition. She has become trapped by her husband because of not only societal obligations but the treatment back in the day. The treatment consisted of no interactions with anything or anyone but rest and silence.
“Radio War” is a poem/story-song written by Sam Beam about a woman whose lover has gone to war. It uses heavily metaphorical lyrics and imagery to describe her reaction to his being gone, and the war’s effect on her life. For the most part, the song is strophic, and follows an “AABB” rhyme pattern, with the exception of the third verse. The first line of “Radio War” asks the beginning of a question. “Did the wine make her dream,” indicates that an unidentified “her” is dreaming because of the wine, that is, she got drunk to the point of sleeping.
‘Not waving but drowning’ by Stevie Smith is about the difficulties some individuals experience in communications and the fundamental isolation of the individual modern society. The poet creates an extension of isolation from her audience, as a result of misapprehension, which is a lack of understanding of the poets intended message. Stevie Smith (Florence Margret Smith) was born in 1902 in Hull, England and moved to London at the tender age of three and lived there until her death in 1971. Smith wrote in a variety of different styles ranging from ballads to the stream of consciousness. She is well known for her poetry and novels.
Sexton saw writing as a way to escape. She was a confessional poet. “‘Confessional’ is sometimes used to describe the representation of extreme, personal, possibly painful experiences, for therapeutic or cathartic effect” (Matterson 49). Sexton was often shunned because of the graphic material in her poems like adultery, suicide, and masturbation. “Sexton once wrote that poetry ‘should be a shock to the senses.
Another reason that Ellen feels isolated is of lack of communication with others this causes her to break down and eventually run away with the baby to try to get away from the storm "I'm so caged- if I could only break away and run". The character Ellen in the story "The Lamp at Noon" shows that she has feelings of sadness and feelings of isolation throughout the story and these feelings she cannot
Norah's great pain because of the "death" of her child causes her to be scared of change, she wishes she could capture a happy moment, and stay in that moment-perhaps forever. " Don't breathe, she thought. Don't move. But there was no stopping anything." (89) She sees time as an enemy that might take away all that she loves.
Gilman’s main character can do nothing about the psychological disorder that she has. Though her husband and brother want to help her, their misunderstanding of the condition makes them unable to provide a way for her to help herself. She wants and tries to overcome her disorder, but never succeeds. At one point in the story, it is shown to us that the main character gives effort to heal her psychological problem, announcing, “I take pains to control myself” (598). Not knowing the severity of her condition is another reason why she is unable to find a way to overcome it.
A main example from the book is that Melinda kept this huge secret held inside. She was too fearful to share it with anyone so instead she decided to keep it her secret. This turned out to be extremely detremental to her well being. It caused her grades to drop, she became an intravert, not wanting to speak to anyone or function properly as a teenager, she isolated herself from others and had no motivation to do anything. Melinda turned from being a loving young lady who had a close relationship with her parents to a recluse who became distant to her parents, friends and everyone.
However, there is a lot to her past that does not allow her to properly see her own reality. Stout states that, “In reaction to relatively trivial stresses the person traumatized long ago may truly feel that danger is imminent again” (383). However in Julia’s case this is false. Julia believed that adults forgetting their childhood was normal. In Julia’s world she thought the she was living a normal life.
“So now I moan, an unclean thing” The maiden also expresses her sadness at what she could have been had the lord not disgraced her “Who might have been a dove” Rossetti uses the word dove in order to emphasize her innocence and that she could have been pure. In the fourth stanza we see how society of the Victorian time treats women that have sex before marriage “call me an