This ill-fated treatment prescribed by her physician Weir Mitchell, whom she referenced in her story, drove her to the brink of insanity. Gilman illustrates the insanity inflicted on woman by the oppression of their society. Jane, the narrator, has been brought to a country manor by her husband John; being a well know physician, he has diagnosed her with “temporary nervous depression” (531). His remedy is “tonics, and journeys, and air, and exercise” (531), and absolutely has forbidden her to work or write. She believes “congenial work” (531) would be good for her but she does not dare go against her husband.
Louise was grieving and at the time she felt a joy from the feeling of independence, but she was afraid to show it for a while because she knows it’s not right to feel like that. Her marriage wasn’t a bad marriage but even the best marriages can be a burden on someone. The window that was open in her room expresses the idea of freedom and chasing after something you want. First, when Louise’s husband dies she is overwhelmed with sadness and grief “She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment, in her sister's arms. When the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.
The main character suffers from depression. Her husband wants to help with her illness, but only helps make her worse by preventing her from enjoying what she loves the most. "There comes John, and I must put this away, he hates to have me write words. "(Gilman,Charlotte) John does not think that his wife should write, rather he wants her to rest everyday in the room with yellow wallpaper. The wallpaper however begins to take a toll on the woman’s life.
Williams feels that women should be looked down upon because of his cruel relationship with his mother and sister overpowering him in the past. Williams interprets some part of his life in the plays, like his drinking habits and uses of emotions but most portrayed in women since he was gay. In Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Women portray these characteristics in Big Mama and Margaret. Big Mama is very lonely and she is looked down upon by Big Daddy and didn’t show any affection towards her at all. Margaret is very lonely because Brick; her husband, didn’t show any love for her.
Both of these female protagonists are fighting for freedoms. The sense of freedom in “The Yellow Wallpaper” however is different from that in “The Story of an Hour”. The freedom in “Wallpaper” is somehow not that strong enough than the other story. Once the narrator is claimed to have postpartum depression, her husband who is a doctor tries to cure her by sending her to a haunted mansion. She does not allow writing as “he hates to have me write a word” (Gilman, 2), and has to stay away from her relatives and son.
By playing these songs it symbolizes how she hated piano so much when her mother made her play and then once her mother died Jing-mei realized she actually liked it. The theme of this short story is that you should go after something that you are passionate and care about. You should never base your life of somebody else’s dreams and ideas for you even if it is your mother. You will be the one who has to live with the decisions you make not anybody else. Jing-mei tries to stay obedient to her mother for as long as she can but when it finally came down to it, she just did not want the same things in life as her mother did.
ENGL220 Assignment 1 MINJI KIM Setting in the late nineteenth century, Kate Chopin’s The Story of an Hour illustrates a woman’s emotional changes after she heard of her husband’s death. Although it is written long before and it is just a short portrayal of an emotional repression of a woman of that time, The Story of an Hour still is a thought-provoking story even for the contemporary readers. Louise, who has heart problem, is carefully told that her husband, Brently, is killed in a railroad accident. She goes upstairs to her room sobbing. Looking outside the open window, she feels the spring air, and suddenly feels the unexpected joy.
It is at the revealing of Mr. Mallard’s death that Mrs. Mallard begins to act unpredictably. It was reaction to the news that felt only surface deep, “She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance. She wept at once, with sudden, wild abandonment…when the storm of grief had spent itself she went away to her room alone.”(Chopin 223). Mrs. Mallard’s actions after the news of her husband’s death reveal the oppression she faced throughout her relationship. Mrs. Mallard concedes the oppression she faced in the text when she says to herself, “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and woman believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.” (Chopin 224) Mrs. Mallard
Although Mrs. Mallard loved her husband the overwhelming thought of a life without him brought about emotions that she had buried inside which was a sense of freedom. The theme of this story comes together as Mrs. Mallard descends to her room to be alone. Mrs. Mallard was a sickly women afflicted with heart trouble. Her ailment was known to her family and friends. When the word come down that her husband had been in a train accident and feared dead her family and friends knew to break the news to her as easily as they possibly could.
She seems to be relieved when she hears of her husband’s death. This feeling made her stop and think, but all she could say was “free, free, free!” (Chopin, 1894, para. 11). She did not hear the story as many women have heard the same, with a paralyzed inability to accept its significance (Chopin, 1894, para.3). Wanting to be alone, she goes to her room.