A Story Of An Hour By Kate Chopin And The Yellow Wallpaper

759 Words Nov 14th, 2016 4 Pages
The 19th centuries have been defined as the Victorian era; the Victorian era, is that period between 1837 and 1901; this era was characterized by cultural reform, industrial reforms, gracious living, wars, scientific progress, and grinding poverty. The life of women during the Victorian era was mostly centered on commitments within the family; in “A Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman women in the nineteen century was challenged with expressing themselves in a patriarchal system that generally refused to grant merit to women 's views. Women only avenue for expressing themselves was through rebellion. The nineteenth century did elevate white middle-class women to the position guardians of the home, paragons of sexual virtue and religious piety; but not all women conformed to this because not all women were white and middle class.
The women in “The Story of an Hour” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” attempt to overcome their oppression by finding an outlet; it was a time when women whose husbands have decent income are expected to be submissive and fragile. In “The Story of an Hour”, the window is what symbolizes Mrs. Mallard’s freedom in which she has new opportunities; she says that she is finally free, “free body and soul” (Chopin 61). She says this because she realizes that she is finally free from her husband and her marriage, it can be interpreted from the story that she was oppressed because she did not have any opportunity…

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