The Yellow Wallpaper And Thomas King 's Totem

1468 Words Oct 30th, 2015 6 Pages
Excuse: a try at defending a fault or offense. Excuse: an explanation presented to defend a fault or offense. A word with two meanings, not rare nor unsuitable. Similarly an excuse being used in today’s society is common and suspected whether or not it is suitable to run away from your problems. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper and Thomas King’s Totem both show how it is common for humans to attempt to falsely justify their actions in order to make them seem appropriate. At first it may seem that an excuse can only be proved with solid justification, but further inspection shows there are many ways an excuse can be conveyed suitable. Both short stories show different types of justification for excuses there is such as bringing a majority factor or others in general to an argument, presenting an excuse as beneficial to oneself or other to make the excusing person not feel ashamed of themselves and displaying the excuse in a way as if the excuse itself is enough to prove actions done by someone. To start off, both short stories The Yellow Wallpaper and Totem show proof of human beings bringing others into a conversation in order to back up their excuse. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s The Yellow Wallpaper contains a narrator that is writing her past experiences to create this short story. Trough out the short story the narrator is constantly focused on a peculiar wallpaper and blames special characteristics of the wallpaper for her focus due to this bad habit she…

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