The Yellow Wall-Paper In The Great Gatsby

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This semester has been quote a journey with works of literature that most would not read outside of the classroom. Most of the characters are the average type however there were a couple that stood out. The character that stood out the most was the narrator from “The Yellow Wall-Paper”, she is the one that had invoked ones sympathy and at the same time anger. The other three were Daisy from “The Great Gatsby”, Mrs. Mallard from “The Story of an Hour”, and finally Alice Waythorn from “The Other Two”. If these women were to meet the narrator what would their opinion of her be? Daisy with her sense of privilege would definitely be the first to jump in with an opinion, Mrs. Mallard would come in second, and Alice with her control of self would …show more content…
In Daisy opinion the narrator should not be subservient to her husband, however use her feminine wilds to manipulate her husband into bending to her will. Daisy is a female from the 1920’s, which is an era when women were beginning to feel some freedom from the male dominated society. She would not stand for her husband to dictated which room they would sleep in, she would use her soft sweet female voice to get what she wanted. However Daisy would understand the disconnect the narrator has for her child; Daisy as well did not show much emotion towards her daughter. This quote from “The Yellow Wall-Paper” where the narrator describes her son, “It is fortunate Mary is so good with the baby. Such a dear baby! and yet I cannot be with him, it makes me so nervous”. (Gilman 649) and the quote from “The Great Gatsby” tell how their mutual lack of interest in their children gives them something in common. Unfortunately this connection would not give Daisy enough reason to believe that the narrator is nothing more then a pathetic female that does not deserve any sympathy. Unlike Mrs. Mallard from “The Story of an Hour” who would have more sympathy for the narrator’s …show more content…
Mallard from “The Story of an Hour” seems to be in a controlling marriage, and does not like it at all, would offer a different opinion of the narrator. Mrs. Mallard opinion is one of understanding and sympathy. The feeling of being trapped in a marriage, with a dominating husband, and all one can think about is freedom. When Chopin writes, “There would be no powerful will bending hers in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature.” what the narrator was going through she too feels trapped by her marriage. When she learns of her husbands death she feels an over whelming feeling of freedom, shown in this quote “Free! Body and soul free! she kept whispering.” The narrator in “The Yellow Wall-Paper” is looking for freedom, which can only be found in the loss of her mind. When Mrs. Mallard learns that her husband is still alive, and she consequently dies right on the spot, leads one to believe that both women feel the only way out of their circumstances is death, one to her senses and the other to her life. Daisy’s lack of sympathy and Mrs. Mallard over sympatric opinion of the narrator, for Alice Waythorn is just too much emotion to show for a

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