The Yellow Wallpaper By Charolette Perkins Gilman And The Novel The Key By Junichiro Tanizaki

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If we all saw through the eyes of women, would we see the world a different way? Would we all be considered hysterical? Or would we just all be normal? In the short story The Yellow Wallpaper by Charolette Perkins-Gilman and the novel The Key by Junichiro Tanizaki we see the metamorphosis of two women under two very different scenarios. The unnamed women in The Yellow Wallpaper is stuck in a room where she transforms into a completely different soul and in The Key, the wife, Ikuko appears to also transition throughout the novel, but in the end we are left questioning whether she truly changed or if we, the readers, were just lied to and her true character really came out. In this imagination challenge I will compare and contrast the two women, the pressures they are facing and ultimately reveal what makes both these women feminist figures. Both the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper and Ikuko in The Key are married to educated men, but the mannerisms between the two men differ. John, from The Yellow Wallpaper is the superior, alpa-male, know it all husband and his wife is seen to be obedient and acts content with being stuck in the room covered in the hideous yellow wallpaper. The sexually forceful, yet socially passive, husband in The Key, who has no name like the wife in The Yellow Wallpaper, shares his thoughts and beliefs about his wife through journal entries. The husband in The Key feels as if he is “an unworthy partner”, whereas in the The Yellow Wallpaper John is…

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