Liberation Of Women From The Awakening And The Yellow Wallpaper

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Nick Clark
Professor Migan
ENG 203
Compare “Liberation of Women from The Awakening and The Yellow Wallpaper” Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening present similar ideas of what women could do and cannot do in society. Both stories were published around the same time and talk about how these two women separate themselves from the rest of the world by Edna Pontellier committing suicide in “The Awakening” and the women going insane in “The Yellow Wallpaper”. The significance about these women is that they would rather give up their life and their sanity, then to endure the control of another person. The only way for these women to successfully achieve total liberation from a male focused society, is to separate themselves from the conscious world. Female liberation and empowerment is interesting in both “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Awakening. The only way these female protagonists can achieve this, is to find a drastic mean. In “The Awakening” even when Edna Pontellier left Mr. Pontellier and moved out she still didn’t feel satisfied. She felt her only way to escape was to commit suicide. Chopin states this scene by saying “The foamy wavelets curled up to her white feet, and coiled like serpents about her ankles. She walked out. The water was chill, but she walked on. The water was deep, but she lifted her white body and reached out with a long, sweeping stroke. The touch of the sea is sensuous, enfolding the body in…

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