Essay Compare and Contrast

3175 Words Nov 21st, 2011 13 Pages
Lauren Ehlers
Dr. St. John
English 102
March 25, 2011
Marriage; a road to imprisonment
Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour,” and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” present similar plots about two wives who have grown to feel imprisoned in their own marriages. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” focuses on a woman who feels so entrapped in her own marriage that she begins to feel this type of isolation and imprisonment all around her. She begins to feel as though the room, in which she is being forced to stay in is a prison in itself. “Story of an Hour,” has a similar plot of a woman in an unhappy marriage. This woman however, momentarily escapes her unhappiness when she comes to find out that her husband was thought to have been killed
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The women vs. society conflict is shown in Chopin’s story by the wife’s happiness of her husband’s death, and in Gilman’s story by the desire of the main character to hide all of her ideas and appear to abide by the rules of her husband. This conflict shows two ladies who are burden by society’s expectations at the time, that women should obey their husbands and not live their lives separately from them. Theme, symbolism, and characterization are three important aspects of fictional writings. These two stories share many of the same fictional aspects, while maintaining difference in many others. Having the same theme, but using aspects that are so different from one another is what made these stories interesting in the topic of comparing and contrasting.

Work Cited Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Fort Worth [u.a.: Wadsworth, 2010. Print. Page 198
Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Fort Worth [u.a.: Wadsworth, 2010. Print. Page 395
Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Fort Worth [u.a.: Wadsworth, 2010. Print. Page 198
Kirszner, Laurie G., and Stephen R. Mandell. Literature: Reading, Reacting, Writing. Fort Worth [u.a.: Wadsworth, 2010. Print. Page 397

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