Kate Chopin 's An Hour, And Tillie Olsen 's `` The Yellow Wallpaper ``

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The subject of feminism has evolved into various complex theories. In addition, feminism has also been a heavily debated issue that has been around for numerous years. The argument of feminism is that women are, and always have been throughout history, treated differently than men by society. Therefore, women are being stripped down of opportunities to their benefit economically, socially, politically, and culturally. Since there are multiple theories of feminism, Donald Hall’s definition of cultural feminism, from his “Feminist Analysis” of Literary and Cultural Theory, will be the lens to analyze and explore the cultural aspects of the texts from Kate Chopin’s novel The Awakening, Charlotte Gilman’s short story ”The Yellow Wallpaper,” Kate Chopin’s short story “The Story of an Hour”, and Tillie Olsen’s short story “Tell Me A Riddle.” The ideology of feminism is that women are unable to express themselves due to being oppressed by patriarchal society, they expect women to fill their stereotypical roles and just deal with it. As a final point, this paper will point out and identify women being isolated from their culture and personal values. In Donald Hall’s “Feminist Analysis” found in Literary and Cultural theory, Hall defines and explores the different variations of feminism. In the text, it states, “Feminists speak of women being relegated to the status of objects, pointing out that they have traditionally been valued for their beauty and usefulness to men” (Hall 202).…

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