Summary Of The Yellow Wallpaper By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” by Joyce Carol Oates, both female protagonists are faced with opposing male forces that seek to control, undermine and take advantage of them. However, in the midst of the challenges and subordination they face from these dominant male figures, each protagonists independence is tested as they both strive to overcome these forces. Connie, the protagonist in “Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been” is a 15 year old, narcissistic teenage girl, searching for independence through her sexuality as she enters into the realm of adulthood. “Everything about her had two sides to it, one for home and one for anywhere that was not home,” (Oates, 1). As she matures into adulthood, Connie constantly preoccupies herself with her appearance, “craning her neck to glance into mirrors or checking other people’s faces to make sure her own was alright,” (Oates, 1). Connie’s narcissism is a result of the society and gender expectations she is surrounded by, her appearance is the only way Connie feels validated, “she knew she was pretty and that was everything,” (Oates, 1) The protagonist in “The Yellow Wallpaper” remains unnamed throughout the story, however the story is told in first person narrative, allowing readers to follow the narrator 's thought process as she sinks into madness. The narrator and protagonist of the story is an imaginative and expressive woman. After giving birth to

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