Yellow Wallpaper / Story of an Hour Essay

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Women’s level of respect and rights has come a long way in the last century. The people who lived on Earth centuries ago would most likely not believe their eyes if they were to see how much equality there is between men and women. Not only are they equals, there are some very powerful women in politics that keep the nation strong. In the stories, “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “The Story if an Hour” by Kate Chopin, one of the underlying themes is the belittlement of women by their husbands. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator starts off the story talking about the great summer house that they rented, which she was curious about how the price was so affordable. She then goes on to talk about her nervous illness, which was the reason that her husband, John, had rented the house out in the first place. The narrator then gets obsessed with the musky yellow wallpaper in the nursery which is the room where they live. She spent night and day trying to find a pattern, at first she told her husband that it bothered her but he insisted that he wouldn’t change it because he believed that if he took it down then she would have found another flaw to complain about. So from then on, she secretly analyzed every square inch of the wallpaper, until she found a small sub pattern. It turned out that she saw a woman crawling around trapped in the wallpaper and in order to free the girl she started ripping out the wallpaper, that’s when her husband ran in and saw what became of his wife and fainted. Then she went on and crawled around the room, crawling over her unconscious husband. The narrator in Gilman’s story was trapped in her house and forbidden to do anything extraneous by her husband the physician, which is shown as she states “and am absolutely forbidden to “work” until I am well again. Personally, I disagree with their
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