World Lit Essay

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When comparing and contrasting two or more works of literature at the same time we should be able to describe both works, show the similarities and the difference. In order for a writer to show such qualities he or she must have a very good and clear understanding of the work of literature in question because without it the writer would not be able to recognize the Narrative point of view and most importantly the author's point of view of the whole story. The reason I write this paper is to compare and contrast two very great short stories which are "The Yellow Wallpaper." by Charlotte Perkins Gilman which was written in the year 1892 and "The Story of an Hour." by Katie Chopin which was ...view middle of the document...

She wants to live her own life in battling what is post- partum depression.  She also wants to break free from her husband, his sister, as well as others telling her what to do and how to live.  Her desire to keep a diary is a part of this.  The idea of wanting to live for self- expression is powerful in the protagonist, something that motivates her to see trapped people in the wallpaper and tear it to shreds.  For Louise Mallard, the desire is much the same.  She wants to live life away from her husband.  This is something that she cannot fully conceive until she hears of her husband's death.  While she mourns, she then comes to a realization that with his passing, her own life can be lived.  She can order her own dinner at restaurants, she can validate her own voice, or she can write her own narrative.  This idea of being the author of one's own destiny is a powerful element in both works.  Its denial causes one protagonist to die of the joy that kills and another one to lose her sanity, underscoring its overall importance to both and to all.

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