Overall, the brief comparative analysis of the two stories “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, shows, that both authors did their best to unclothe the deep emotional sufferings of women, their abilities to love, to enjoy their lives, to be happy, which in reality were so much suppressed by the men, that they seemed to loose their minds and to become absolutely detached from the surrounding world and society.
In “The Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gillman the husband’s insistence upon control, leaves their wives longing for the freedom of simple expression.
Mallard was going through many emotions throughout the story
"with paralyzed inability to accept its significance"
In the beginning she feels abandon because she was told that her husband died.
Themes in Symbols
The Yellow Wallpaper:
it represents a pattern in which the narrator finds herself trapped in.
The nightmarish, hideous paper is a symbol of the common lifestyle of women.
Story of an Hour:
The open window
The open window represents the
the opportunities that await her after her husband died.
"she was drinking in a very elixir of life through that open window."
She also describes everything she experiences through her senses as joy and spring.
Theme in Events
writes in her journal
she has to hide when she write because her husband does not like it.
"It is so discouraging not to have any advice and companionship about my work"
Her husband never allowed her to do anything even if it might help her.
Story of an Hour~
Mrs Mallard's husband walks through the door after everyone thought he was dead .
She was overwhelmed
"she had died of heart disease -of the joy that kills"
She won her freedom but when she saw him it was taken away.
Theme in Irony
John's treatments backfire and worsen her condition.
the narrator pretends to follow his orders but is still unable to sleep or think about anything other than the wall.
John says you are getting better...she responds with "better in body perhaps"
She lies to John so that she can get away from the room.
Story of an Hour
Mrs Mallard ends up dieing instead of her husband.
For example, he decides who she hangs out with and where she gets to sleep.
Quote~ "got out at last [...] in spite of you and Jane."
John is very rational so it is hard for the narrator to convince him that the bedroom and shapes in the wallpaper make her uncomfortable
Compare and Contrast
When I get really well, John says we will ask Cousin Henry and Julia down for a long visit; but he says he would as soon put fireworks in my pillow-case as to let me have those stimulating people about now (Gilman, 369).
As a result, John can be seen as the antagonist of the story, and perhaps, the strongest force holding the narrator back from true happiness and self-realization.
Though there are many other comparisons in these two short stories, one contrast is most prominent.
In The Birthmark I didn't take this story to be one about love as many others did. I found it more written from the standpoint of a scientist. Yes love was a central point in the book and without that factor it would have been fairly boring. Yet, I can't help but think Aylmers love for science never dwindled in the slightest for Geogiana. I think, contrary to popular belief, that Aylmer made up his problem with the birthmark only to satisfy his scientific curiosity of being able to get rid of it using different medicine and solvents. Granted, he should've done this as most scientists did on test subjects, not women he had been married to. But he did have a lot of misplaced arrogance and a slight god-complex that he could not fix, solve, or create anything he set his mind to. Does anyone disagree with that statement?