Essay Comparing The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

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"The Yellow Wallpaper" written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "The Story of an Hour" written by Kate Chopin were written in the late 1800s. They may seem pretty different at first, but they both discuss women 's confinement in society in the late 1800s. Moreover, while these two stories focus on social status based on gender, in doing so, they bring out the effects of gender roles and gender stereotypes that end in affliction. In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper”, Gilman paints a picture for the reader starting off with the narrator a housewife who feels detached from society due to her husband’s controlling nature. Although they are from the upper class of society and she seems like she has everything such as a colonial mansion and her husband, Dr. John, she still feels lonely and although her…show more content…
In addition, she has countless dreams where she is somewhere else in gardens and greenhouses, somewhere angelic and somewhere she feels free of pain and somewhere she can roam as she pleases. In the story "The Story of an Hour" the reader takes a look into the thoughts of a woman named Louise who has heart troubles and just found out her husband died in a railroad accident. Josephine Louise 's sister delivered the news about her husband, the moment she got the news Louise was in complete shock and locks herself in her room. furthermore, the reader at first can see her natural response to when a loved one dies which is to feel melancholic and cry as she did, but later as the reader, you realize shortly after she actually feels overwhelming bliss from her new found freedom moments after the passing of her husband, which ironically made her die as well from a heart disease called "The Joy that kills". In "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "The Story of an Hour", the authors give you a narrative view on different social statuses that are prevalent in the late 1800s. For example,
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