Comparing Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

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[maybe add a little bit more]In The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the topic of female liberation. In The Story of an Hour, the main character Louise or Mrs. Mallard is dealing with the realization of her freedom after she receives the news of her husband’s death. Despite her dying at the end of the story as she sees her husband is in reality not death, she does experience a few moments of freedom. In The Yellow Wallpaper the main character who is not given a name moves away for the summer with her husband in order to help her with her depression. The house that she lives in turns to be what leads her to spiral into insanity as she tries to catch the woman behind the wallpaper, which …show more content…
While the people in the Mallard household are terribly worried of what might happen to Mrs. Mallard as she copes with the fact that her husband is dead. Mrs. Mallard is enjoying her new found freedom after her husband’s death which is something that her sister does not know. Josephine knows on her sister’s bedroom door telling her that “she will make herself ill’’ (). As reader it is clear that Mrs. Mallard is not making ill and that she is actually “drinking in a very elixir of life”(). This quote proves that Mrs. Mallard is not going to get more sick but rather will get better as she is getting the elixir of life, she is getting back her life force that was taken away when she married her husband. Mrs. Mallard will now “live for herself” () without having someone who “would be no powerful will bending hers” (). She now does not have to listen to anybody, she is her own person again like before she married her husband.
The irony in The Yellow Wallpaper is very subtle compare to The Story of an Hour. One of the many ironies that the reader encounters in the story is that of the treatment that John has for his wife. As he does not allow her to do any sort of her, because he thinks that is in her best interest. John her husband is a physician who thinks what he is doing for his wife is the best. Even she notes that “John is a physician...perhaps that is the reason I do not get well faster” (). She thinks that maybe John’s

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