Essay sample - Too Much Love: Similarities in The Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper

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This essay focuses on the comparison of the roles of two women in the social conventions of their time and class, named Mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” presented by Kate Chopin and the narrator in “The Yellow Wall-Paper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. …


This essay focuses on the comparison of the characters between mrs. Mallard in “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin and the narrator in “The Yellow Wall-Paper” presented by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, who were both intelligent Victorian women, but neither of them were allowed to publicly express themself. Instead, each woman is forced to keep her ideas bottled up inside because her husband smothers her with love and deprives her of her freedom. The researcher states that in these two stories, we see how the oppression of women under the guise of love leads to the destruction of both the love and the woman. The researcher of the essay concluds that both characters are constrained in the very beginning by the social conventions of their time and class. Many middle class women in that time period were expected to confine themselves to the home and domestic sphere, and even then, they were not expected to be in charge of the house, having lower class servants to do the cooking, cleaning and childrearing. It was thought that true women should not exert themselves, because they were too fragile to handle any strain. So it is for the characters in these stories where they are thought to be weak. The researcher then concluds his opinion, that the characters in these two stories are good portraits of the effects of patriarchal thinking. All people need freedom to be happy and sane, and no group has the right to oppress another group. Otherwise, the stories discussed become dreadful warnings of mistakes possible in the future.
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