Essay Comparing Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

616 Words3 Pages
In “The Story of an Hour” By Kate Chopin, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, both husbands are displayed to be how male figures in reality were in the 19th century. Both husbands show similarities of actions by demonstrating dominance and control within society, appeared to have love for their wives, but also present how oppression against women played a big role in that era. In the two short stories both of the husband figures demonstrated dominance and control within the society they are living in. In “The Story of an Hour”, Mrs. Mallards husband does not have a dialogue, but through Mrs. Mallards thoughts when she found out about her husbands death, dominance and control is presented because of the feelings that Mrs.…show more content…
They stayed keen and bright. Her pulses beat fast, and the coursing blood warmed and relaxed every inch of her body.” (Chopin 2). At that moment Mrs. Mallard is realizing that she is free of her marriage with Mr. Brently Mallard, and that independence has come her way. She suddenly becomes excited about her future without her husband and knew that she would be living for herself rather then having to live under her husband identity, as Mrs. Mallard. “There would be no one to live for her during those coming years; she would live for herself. There would be no powerful will bending her in that blind persistence with which men and women believe they have a right to impose a private will upon a fellow-creature. (Chopin 3). In this message Mrs. Mallard is calling her husbands influence in her life an occurrence of “powerful will” and “blind persistence” because she believes that Mr. Mallard was blind to what her wants and needs were as a women in the 19th century, but he kept applying his own “will” over her. This demonstrates the dominance and control that Brently Mallard had over his wife, even though he had no dialogue within the short

More about Essay Comparing Story Of An Hour And The Yellow Wallpaper

Open Document