Freedom by their husbands. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” explains how

         Freedom is known as the power or right to act, speak, or think as one wants without obstacle or self-control.  Sometimes this overpowering need for freedom can be caused by forces from bad things outside.  As in many instances, one can feel an overwhelming feeling of being controlled, like the feeling if someone is living your life for you. “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin can be compared in that both women in the two stories are controlled by their husbands, which causes them to feel an intense desire for freedom. In both of the short stories, “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “The Story of an Hour,” a common theme is that both feature women who were abused and neglected by their husbands.  “The Yellow Wallpaper,”  explains how the narrator of the story falls into depression.  Her husband who is a doctor controls her daily schedule and prescribes lots and lots of rest.  In both of these short stories, the men believe that what they say goes with no questions asked by their wives. “He knows there is no reason to suffer and that satisfies him”(508).  This quote shows how in control the men are of the women. Throughout the story the narrator shows hints that lets us believe she doesn’t want to stick up for herself and what she thinks is best for her.  She tells her husband of how she feels uncomfortable in the room he picked out for her and how she would much rather stay in the prettier room on the ground floor.  Mrs. Mallard obeys her husband’s decision and stays in the room with the yellow wallpaper which her husband has picked out.  In “The Story of an Hour,” Mrs. Mallard suffers from heart trouble which causes people to have to give her news carefully.  When her husband dies in a railroad accident, her friends need to tell her delicately about the recent tragedy.  Although you would think Mrs. Mallard would be devastated, to our surprise she is excited about the chance to make her own decisions and not feel accountable to anyone.  She exclaimed, “Free! Body and soul free!” (317).  This shows the  freedom in which she was longing for throughout the story.Both women in these two short stories have a massive desire for freedom.  They describe how they seem to be imprisoned in their own marriages.  Presenting two similar scenarios, both wives seem to have some sort of mental disability as well as feeling suffocated by their husbands due to not being able to live their own lives as independent people.  Throughout the story there are many symbolizing factors which add to both of the wives desire for freedom.  Louise sees scenes out of the open window which present new life such as blue skies, fluffy clouds and people and birds singing, descriptions which are all extremely far away from death as possible. “The delicious breath of rain, the notes of a distant song, sparrows were singing, and patches of blue sky”(506) she exclaimed.  The narrator’s desire for freedom in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is shown through many aspects of the story.  After being in a room alone, she longs to have the ability to express herself and be creative.   Her treatment prescribed by her husband bands her from doing almost any activity including some of her favorite things to do which was working and writing.  Once the narrator begins to see the character of a women being trapped inside the wallpaper,  I believe that this is a symbol of herself. “At night in any kind of light, in twilight, candle light, lamplight, and worst of all by moonlight, it becomes bars! The outside pattern I mean, and the woman behind it is as plain as can be”(325). She eventually begins to identifies herself entirely with this mysterious figure. She exclaimed,  “And she is all the time trying to climb through. But nobody could climb through that pattern—it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads”(326).  Both characters in these short stories long for freedom through symbols and expressing their feelings throughout the story.Gaining freedom caused Mrs. Louise Mallard to feel both relieved and confident which positively affected her overall. Although her freedom only lasted a short amount of time, she was still able to emphasize the joy of freedom and how Louise’s character was able to grow and depen,  regardless of the minute span of which it was shown throughout.  Although the ending was not what she expected, she gained the freedom which she yearned for. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” also gained similar freedom from the oppressive and mental treatment her husband forced her to do.  She finds freedom within the women she sees in the yellow wallpaper which causes her to gain both strength and confidence.  Although Mrs. Louise Mallard and The narrator were both two completely different characters with many differences, they overall experienced the same outcome of their wants which was to gain freedom.Mrs. Louise  Mallard, in “The Story of an Hour” and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” both thrived for freedom in their stories and eventually were successful in achieving this in their own way.  Although the two short stories were very different, I believed that in a lot of ways they were longing for some of the same thing.  They were able to express symbolism and the idea of the characters wanting to break free and the evident change of personality once the characters gained the freedom in which they desired.  The result of both characters wanting freedom positively impacted them and allowed them to accomplish their goals of being free of their husbands commands throughout both the story and the novel.

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