Domesticity In The Story Of An Hour

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Leslie Perez Culture of Domesticity Hour 3 Several ideologies that influenced social culture and provoked social sanctions derived from society’s perception of perfection. One idealistic revolution of women was the Culture of Domesticity. The Culture of Domesticity made its mark on the ideal image of women and their place in society in the late nineteenth century up until the early twentieth century. The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman compare the ideology’s elements of being in separate spheres and being mentally subordinate. Jane and the creeping woman in The Yellow Wallpaper and Louis in The Story of an Hour are similar as they are both kept from the public sphere. For instance, the narrator and “a great many” along with her are trapped behind a yellow wallpaper, a metaphor for a barrier between the private and public sphere. Jane makes constant references to the wallpaper and its irritable, pattern that is confusing to the eye. Furthermore, the author’s use of diction implies that the narrator is frightened by the movement she sees within the pattern: “But, on the other hand, they connect diagonally, and the sprawling outlines run off in great slating waves of optic horror, like a lot of wallowing seaweeds in full chase.” This shows that the narrator’s description of the wallpaper’s pattern supports the idea of the wallpaper being a threat, which aligns with the pattern of being a woman threatened away from the

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