In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the couple’s marriage is unsteady due to a mental illness of postpartum depression. Throughout the plot, the reader begins to realize there are two sides to the story. First there is the voice of the narrator who expresses her feelings freely; even though eventually she seems to be crumbling. Then there is the voice of her husband John, who seems convinced that the best medical treatment for his wife is the “rest cure”. Analyzing John and the narrator’s perspectives throughout the plot brings insight into the cause of the mental problem.
Chopin, an American feminist of the 20th century, takes a stand against feminism and uses this short story to call attention to this topic. The main character of this short story is named Louise Mallard, a young woman who suffers from heart trouble. The very first thing to happen in the story is that she is informed of her husband 's death from her sister Josephine. Initially Mrs. Mallard was emotional, but over time she reaped freedom and became swept away with joy. The story then takes a turn when she is informed that her husband was not dead, and instead of her being rejoiced of her husband 's return she regrets abandoning her moment of freedom and dies from a heart attack.
Throughout the City of One Cournos clearly illustrates how her history of having her attachment figures disappear or seemingly abandoned her made future relationships difficult. In rich and painful description Cournos describes the emotional walls she had built around herself and the anxiety she faced in new relationships. For instance, she describes the detachment and numbness she felt during her first marriage that ended in divorce which is summed up in the following quote, “By the time medical school ended we’d agreed to call it quits. I guess I should have married a man instead of a role, but I was too detached to know the difference” (Counous, 2006, p. 165). When she married her second husband, which turned into a healthy relationship, she describes her intense intermixing of both happiness but also fears.
She painted a multitude of paintings that examined the suffering and betrayal she felt upon divorcing the man she loved. One of the most captivating pieces of art was Las Dos Fridas. Kahlo explains how in this painting she tried to capture two different Fridas that represented 2 separate things. One of the Fridas was the one that Diego Rivera once loved and the other Frida is the one that Diego no longer wanted to be with. On page 279, it says that “[The Two Fridas] are left abandoned by Diego, [Frida] is holding her own hand and links her two selves with a blood vein… The Two Fridas is an image of self- nurture: Frida comforts, guards and fortifies herself” (Herrera, 1983, 279).
His mother was sick and needed to go to a mental hospital. Ben started the novel by just being Sal’s classmate, but by the end, they were more than girlfriend and boyfriend, they had something in common, both of them knew what each other was feeling, because both of them had the same problem, both of them suffered from a problem related to mom. As Ben’s mother had some mental problems, Ben lived with Mary Lou, his cousin. Before Sal and Ben started dating, every time Ben touched her, he noticed that she flinched. Just like Sal, Ben is also suffering.
In the play, Stella chooses not to believe in her sister Blanche and lets her leave with the doctor. However she starts to feel sorrow and calls out for her sister but Blanche doesn’t come back. Stella had chose to stays with her abusive husband, Stanley. This scene highlights the point of helpless women who needs to depend on men. One of the many themes of the play was how dependent women are on men.
He simply watches his wife sleep, but begins to experience a variety of intense feelings and thoughts. Joyce embeds the literary technique of metaphors and imagery. he intentionally applies them in order to produce an emotional response from the reader. Firstly, he uses metaphors to describe how his wife 's beauty has deteriorated. He explains how those feelings enter his soul, but he refuses to let
Louise Mallard is described to us as “firm” and “fair. She exists in a time when women are classified as objects of beauty and property, and her heart trouble suggests that she is fragile. Louise’s initial reaction to the news of her husband’s death suggests that she is deeply saddened and grief stricken when she escapes to her bedroom. However, the reader is caught off-guard with Louise’s secret reaction to the news of her husband’s death because she contradicts the gender norm of the 19th century woman. Her contradiction to the stereotype / gender norm is displayed when she slowly reveals her inward
In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Charlotte Perkins Stenson shows how Jane, an already ill woman, begins to become even more psychologically weakened due to solitary confinement. This story signifies how Charlotte Perkins Stenson, herself, was actually subjected to the slow departure of her own mental health. It allows us to view how isolation can inescapably drive a person to a certain breaking point and into a downward spiral that can ultimately end in lunacy. The story starts off sounding sweet and innocent enough. Jane, and her husband, John, are staying in a colonial mansion for a few months in order for her to get well due to an illness.
One theme from the yellow wallpaper is a feminism , telling a story about a woman’s struggles against males thinking ; on how they see women. Ever since she moved to the apartment on the top floor with the yellow wallpaper she has decicated to find a pattern on it. She was trapped in a mental state and was seeking mental freedom. Her husband john isn’t very nice to her he treats as a pet ,”John laughs at me, of course , but one expects that in marriage”. She was given the “rest cure” which only makes her makes her more ill because she can 't express herself.
"The Story of an Hour ' ' by Kate Chopin and "The Yellow Wallpaper ' ' by Charlottle Perkins Gilman are short stories about women in the late 1800 's. In "The Story of an Hour" the woman is living in the city, her husband has gone off to work, she has a heart condition, and she has believed he was dead. The husband appears and she dies because her chance at freedom is lost. While "The Yellow Wallpaper" is in a country house on vacation. She is forced to play sick and is told she must rest by her husband and doctor.
Feminism in “Woman Hollering Creek” “Woman Hollering Creek” is a story that tells the unfortunate tale of domestic abuse that many women face today. Readers get a first hand look at the mindset behind a woman facing serious domestic abuse. While many may argue that the author, Sandra Cisneros, portrayed Cleofilas as weak or timid, she is in fact an incredibly strong person in her given situation. In the final section of the story the audience is shown that Cleofilas was facing horrific abuse by her husband, possibly for a long period of time, through the eyes of her doctor. Yet when she is given the option of suicide, as shown on page 225 paragraph 30, when Cleafilas is being called to by La Llorona while by the creek, she does not take the
Body and soul free!’ she kept whispering” (Chopin 517) Louise was said to be ill in the beginning. “Knowing that Mrs. Mallard was afflicted with a heart trouble, great care was taken to break to her as gently as possible the news of her husband’s death” (Chopin 516). While Louise become more and more ill, she tends to drift off more as the story progresses. With Louise being sick, she wants to be alone while she is slowly fading away. She is reminiscing on her childhood while facing reality.
“The Yellow Wallpaper” is a story that takes place at the beginning of the twentieth century which depicts the oppressive nature of marriage from the narrator’s point of view. The unnamed protagonist is suffering from a nervous condition related to postpartum depression. Her husband John, who happens to be a well renowned physician, orders her to solitude and bed rest with minimal social interactions. In the beginning, the narrator rebels against John’s ideal treatment by keeping a secret diary, but as the story progresses John becomes more controlling. John finds his wife’s writing and immediately discontinues one of the narrator’s only means of a creative release.