Point Of View In The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

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The Narrator’s point of view is a very important factor in a story. How a story is perceived is highly influenced by the perspective from which the story is being told. While comparing two stories, the point of view of the narrator is an important point to consider. After analyzing “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin it’s clear that: the narrator’s point of view is vital to “The Yellow Wallpaper”, but nowhere near as important to “The Story of an Hour”. Because the “The Yellow Wallpaper” uses first person to narrate the story it helps the reader to understand the reasoning behind the actions and feelings of the protagonist. It also gives the lector a greater insight into the development …show more content…
Given that “The Yellow Wallpaper” is narrated in first person it helps us understand the feelings and action of the protagonist that much better. Throughout the story the protagonist, Jane, goes through a breakdown, but because she is the one narrating it we understand why she is doing certain things. For example when she says: “But here I can creep smoothly on the floor and my shoulder just fits in that long smooch around the wall, so I cannot lose my way.” (Gilman, 77). If this moment had been described by anyone else than Jane herself none of the readers would have understood the reason behind this act of madness. Any lector would have seen this creeping as simply one more sign of her now very evident delusion. But because the narrative is being told by Jane’s point of view the reader has all the background it needs to understand her actions, still as madness, but with a reason behind them. In the “The Story of an Hour” the reader is told very clearly Louise’s feelings but does not get a unique insight to her innermost thoughts. Therefore the narrating point of view doesn’t have the same importance for the “The Story of and hour” as it does for the yellow wallpaper. Jane’s emotions in “The …show more content…
Because the story is told in first person it makes it that much more interesting. If “The Yellow Wallpaper” would have been told by anyone else, it would have been pretty bland. For example: if the story would have been told by a third person omniscient narrator, like “The Story of an Hour”, the impact would not have been the same. Even if the story would have been told by John, her husband, or Jennie, her husband’s sister, it would not have had the same amazing effect it did when Jane is the one that tells it. Because Jane tells the story the reader gets a very unique insight into her life that no one has, except her. The lectors are provided with everything that Jane does, even her thoughts, because she tells the story herself. Especially in a story like “The Yellow Wallpaper” where Jane spends most of the time secluded from people and stuck thinking in her own head, it would be extremely hard for anyone else to be able to narrate

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