The Yellow Wallpaper And Kate Chopin's The Story Of An Hour

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Merely Teasing Charlotte Gilman’s story “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” both demonstrate how society, at the turn of the century, seemed to make women feel enclosed or trapped. The narrator in “Yellow Wallpaper” and the main character in Chopin’s story, Louise Mallard share many of the same desires and characteristics. Their desire to get out and be independent eventually gets them punished. In both stories, it is clear that the narrator or character is a female. From the way the narrator talks in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” describing her husband and house and the decorations, it is obvious she is a female. Louise Mallard, the character from Chopin’s story is also a female. Just this one similar characteristic shared by the two immediately brings…show more content…
The narrator tells us in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” “If a physician of high standing, and one’s own husband, assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency – what is one to do?” (Gilman 66). She suffers from a nervous disorder that her husband does not think is significant problem. In line 12 of the story, the narrator says “So I… am absolutely forbidden to ‘work’ until I am well again” (Gilman 66). From the way she describes it, her disorder affects her more than her husband realizes or gives her credit for. In “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard has a “heart trouble” that apparently needs to be watched to some extent because Chopin wrote, “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin 516). Though the reader is never really informed of what exact type of heart problem she has, the problem is influential enough to be
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