Essay On The Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

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From the beginning of time women were looked at as not having the capabilities to do the same things men did. As time progressed women gained new rights and were recognized for their capabilities to do much more than they were allowed. For example, the writers Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins Gilman, they were two women’s who believed that women should be able to do a lot more than just be child bearers or home makers. Some of the short stories that they have published are “The Story of an Hour” and “The Awakening” by Kate Chopin, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins. These women’s stories were not popular when they came out because the men during this time period overshadowed them. The works of Kate Chopin and Charlotte Perkins …show more content…
As Emily Toth states in her article, “Chopin describes the experience of a woman who breaks the mold of ethereal womanhood.” by having an affair and falling in love with another men (Martin). However, Edna ends up committing suicide because she could not stand the fact that women did not have the same equality as men did. In both of these stories Kate Chopin shows how and what women’s role was during the 19th century. Women did not have the freedom or equality they desired and they were restricted to the “domestic sphere” during the 19th century (Martin). Kate Chopin was not scared and had the courage to express herself and the life women’s in the 19th century had. She expressed it in many different way in her novels and short …show more content…
She states, “The narrator 's confinement to her home and her feelings of being dominated and victimized by those around her, particularly her husband, is an indication of the many domestic limitations that society places upon women. The yellow wallpaper itself becomes a symbol of this oppression to a woman who feels trapped in her roles as wife and mother.” Gilman was not allowed to write or express her feelings because during that time she was not permitted and it was part of her treatment to get cured from her depression. Gilman felt very much that women really did not have any freedom and were imprisoned by what the men wanted to be like and act. After she finished her story, it was not accepted very well by many male authors because her story was seeing as “primarily as a supernatural tale of horror” ("From Woman to

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