Essay Comparing The Yellow Wallpaper And The Story Of An Hour

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Destiny is something that can be molded by one's individual actions, but for women like Jane and Ms. Mallard it's something that was always out of reach. Their destiny was predetermined by their controlling husbands and they were forced into playing the role of the fragile and submissive women. Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Kate Chopin’s “The Story of an Hour” are similar in illustrating this theme and strongly portray a story of injustice and isolation through the use of imagery and symbolism. The stories have drastic differences when compared side by side to one another but are able to weave a similar message of how society's standards bring depression and sadness to the unsatisfied lives of women. Jane from "The Yellow…show more content…
Mallard's short lived moment of grief led to the detailed depiction of what life could be now that her husband was dead. All of the elements described painted a picture of rebirth and that's when Ms. Mallard realized that her husband's passing wasn't something to mourn for. His death brought her a new life and the open window now highlighted her bright new future ahead. Society would expect for her to mourn but ironically she saw passed the bad news and looked at the much bigger picture. The detailed imagery of the yellow wallpaper also demonstrated the shift in the narrator's state of mind as the depictions kept getting more detailed and twisted. Jane's state of mind was worsening because of the false idea bestowed upon her that she was sick. Her obsession with the yellow wallpaper intensified as the story progressed leading to a dramatic and ironic conclusion. Both women lived a life dictated by their husbands and society which fueled their ambition to strive towards self expression. Their tragic conclusions are painted thanks to the use of symbolism and imagery which reinforce the theme of injustice through jane's sanity,

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