Comparitive Essay Gilman And Chopin

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Compare and contrast the ways that Gender Roles are explored in ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ and ‘Their House’, both by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin’s novella ‘The Awakening’.

"The Yellow Wallpaper" is a short story telling about a young woman who is eventually driven mad by the society. The narrator is apparently confused with the normal being defined by a "true" and "good" woman constructed by society dominated by men. "The Awakening" addresses the social, scientific, and cultural landscape of the country and the undergoing of radical changes. Each of these stories addresses the issue of women’s rights and how they were treated in the late 19th century. "The ...view middle of the document...

It can be seen clearly that the husband treated his wife as a child. He called her his “blessed little goose”, and “little girl.” When the narrator tried to tell him what she thought was good for her, but this was not appropriate to the husband’s opinion, the husband used sweet words to force his idea towards his wife. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator is shown as socially dependent on her husband, the narrator let her husband take care of things for her, for example, to choose to stay in such a solitary place where she did not need to socialize with neighbours because John thought that the narrator needed a full rest and she did not need to get along with people. Since the narrator suffered from a mental disturbance, John, asked his sister, Jennie, to take care of the rented house so that the narrator did not need to do anything. She only needed to take care of herself.
The narrator of “The Yellow Wallpaper had to write her journal secretly, when nobody was around her. She herself thought that she needed to write. “Personally I believe that congenial work, with excitement and change, would do me good” and “I think sometimes that if I were only well enough to write a little it would relieve the press of ideas and rest me.” However she was not free to do that. In “The Awakening” the narrator’s husband encouraged her to paint because a family friend who happens to be a doctor recommends that he continue to let her paint. The narrator starts the story as being socially dependant on her husband but grows more and more distant from her husband. Also become a much better artist, selling some of her work through her art teacher. These sales provide her a small income, so while Léonce and the children are out of town, she decides to move out of the mansion they share and into a tiny rental house nearby, called the "pigeon house" for its small size. In ‘’Their House’’ the wife took on the role of the man in the public sphere and ran the business, was given a whole house to run by herself, which is interesting because in ‘’The Yellow Wallpaper’’, all the narrator wants is a room of her own and in ‘’The Awakening she has the power essentially to decide what she wants to do. Across the three novels the reader can see the contrast and difference in the female struggle and their rights.
Initially, from the first paragraph in Their House, the reader can...

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