Fiction Essay: Yellow Wallpaper and Story of the Hour

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Victoria Reyes
English 104-OL5
Professor Steiner
September 9, 2013
“The Yellow Wallpaper and Story of The Hour: A Character Analysis” Marriage has often been described as one of the most beautiful and powerful unions one human can form with another. It is the sacred commitment and devotion that two people share in a relationship that makes marriage so appealing since ancient times, up until today. To have and to hold, until death do us part, are the guarantees that two individuals make to one another as they pledge to become one in marriage. It is easy to assume that the guarantee of marriage directly places individuals in an everlasting state of love, affection, and support. However, over the years, marriage has lost its fairy
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Financially and materialistically, both women were well provided for by their husbands. Provisions were never an issue in the marriage itself, however, there was still a void that the woman of both stories felt in their lives. The woman in both narratives struggled within themselves which rarely left them time to generate love and affection for their spouses. Louise’s feelings for her husband within “The Story of the Hour” is expressed when she says, “And yet she had loved him--sometimes. Often she had not. What did it matter” (Chopin par 13). This lack of love led to feelings of oppression, imprisonment and entrapment by both women. The woman of “The Yellow Wallpaper” fell severely sick and depressed from an unfulfilled marriage that began to imprison her mind. Even with her worldly provisions she still felt oppressed and imprisoned by the outside world. John, her husband and physician, constantly ignores her when she continually tries to express to him that her depression or “sickness” is getting worse. In line eight of this story, she establishes this fact by saying, “You see he does not believe I am sick” (Gilman line 8). The doubt that John has for her feelings of sickness establishes the notion that he does not trust his wife or thinks that she is below him because of his profession. The narrator then begins to suggest to the audience that this distrust

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