The Yellow Wallpaper And The Awakening Analysis

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Your Name Liberation: Winning or Losing! Can a woman overcome her oppression in a patriarchal society? Charlotte Perkin Gilman’s short story, The Yellow Wallpaper and Kate Chopin’s novel, The Awakening which were written in the 19th century, reveals woman’s position in the patriarchal society. The Yellow Wallpaper depicts how the woman is suppressed in Victorian Era, how this imprisonment paves the way for her disturbed mentality and her struggle to overcome it, whereas, The Awakening depicts the protagonist’s awakening of her imprisonment in the institution of marriage in the same era and her struggle to be free ignoring all her bonds with the family and the society. These two works of literature proves that how male dominance…show more content…
In The Yellow Wallpaper, the more the protagonist looks at the wallpaper, the more she realizes her submissiveness of the womankind and how she tries to find their freedom along with hers, is nicely depicted through her mental struggle. “The front pattern does move --and no wonder! The woman behind shakes it! Sometimes I think there are a great many women behind, and sometimes only one, and she crawls around fast, and her crawling shakes it all over” (Gilman 7), conveys how the narrator gradually becomes more powerful understanding her position and it further confirms her struggle against “front pattern” of male dominance. She starts pulling off the wallpaper as she wants to free the trapped woman and this depicts how capable she is to fight against her own suppression as well. On the contrary, Edna Pontellier is fascinated by the sea and her liking for Robert further heightens as he teaches her to swim shedding all her frights and this symbolizes her awakening as an individual human being as well as her struggle against her imprisonment in the institution of marriage. Unlike her husband, Robert talks to her heart and it is depicted in “The sentiments which she entertained for Robert in no way resembled that which she felt for her husband” (Chopin 121). She later reveals her awakening as “It was you who awoke me last summer out of a life-long…show more content…
In The Yellow Wallpaper the narrator is blessed with her freedom outshining the grip of her husband. Her powerful position at the end is depicted through her husband’s fall in faint seeing his released, free wife. Though, she has crept over her husband at last, her effort to maintain her relationships with the family and the outside world is obvious, indeed, throughout the story. She tries her best to maintain the bonds with her husband as well as with the other family members while struggling for her due position. She does not attempt to gain her freedom using easy ways. Though, Edna is released of her suppression at last, her tragic death discloses us the impossibility of survival of a woman, who seeks extremes in the name of freedom. She, herself becomes a victim of a tragic death, losing all her bonds with the mankind. Her liberated soul and body is not blessed with human relationships, which are needed for the survival of every human being. Though liberated, can it be called as a real triumph against the prevailing male dominance? Moreover both texts remind the womankind of their caliber of expanding their self confidence and power to gain the due position they have in the society. But, it simultaneously emphasizes that false awakening of freedom can mislead them to become victims at

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