Relationship Between "The Story of an Hour & "The Yellow Wallpaper"
* Story of an Hour and Yellow Wallpaper have challenges that were faced by the protagonists, setting looked to be in the same era with men being in charge of their wives lives. * Both women were emotionally and psychically trapped in their relationships * Both wanted freedom from their husbands * Both protagonists had an illness, which lead to had an opposite effect on both characters * Mrs. Millard had a heart condition and the narrator would develop a mental illness * Mrs. Millard had the news break slowly to her, in the end her death was led by joy * The narrator in Yellow Wallpaper was confined in a room with wallpaper she disliked, the husband would say nothing is wrong with her;
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According to the facts provided in the short story there was no hint or confirmation that she had this condition since her childhood, so objectively speaking, assumptions could be made such as Mrs. Mallard developing the illness over the course of her marriage. In “Yellow Wallpaper”, the narrator is mentally ill and with the advice of her husband, a physician advises her that nothing is wrong, according to the this quote “…you see, he does not believe I am sick…if a physician of high standing and one’s own husband assures friends and relatives that there is nothing the matter with one but temporary nervous depression – a slight hysterical tendency” (Gilman 55). For that fact, the husband advises her to be confined in a room, and stating her disapproval, she would say her husband “would not hear of it” (Gilman 56). As time went by in her room, she looks to have developed fascination with the wallpaper in the room, which she also disliked, using her imagination. Every aspect of the wallpaper was analyzed with thoughts such as “This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had” (Gilman 59) and “The faint figure behind seemed to shake the pattern, just as if she wanted to get out” (Gilman 63). These facts could be assumed that she was starting to get mentally unstable being imprisoned, with her spouse not willing to help her; a mental illness was present.
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