The Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper

Imagine the feeling of being completely trapped without anywhere to go, while being in the comfort of your own home? As I read the two stories called The Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper. Both of these stories had similarities between the two main characters who were the women in The Yellow Wallpaper, and Louise Mallard in The Story of an Hour. Both stories took place at very similar times; they had a lot of similarities. Both the women and Louise had a great deal in common because of the fact that they both experienced dominant husbands and feelings of entrapment against them.

In both pieces of literature, the main characters are the women. Both stories focused on how marriage affected both and how they had no choice except staying with their husbands. Though neither the women husband nor Louise’s husband physically harmed them, they were definitely emotionally and spiritually dominant. They controlled what they did or what they did not, which is more emotionally abusive than physical abuse. The husbands represented their inabilities to pursue what they actually wanted to do in life. For example, in The Story of an Hour, when Louise discovered that her husband had died in a train crash, she could not get the idea of being free out of her head. Even though she knew that her husband had loved her, she was looking forward to a long life where she was free to pursue anything. She desired since her husband was no longer there to tell her what she could and could not do.

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Not only their husband’s dominated them, but also they took away their free will. In both stories, it seemed that neither woman really did anything wrong that they wanted to because they simply were not allowed to even think in certain ways. For Example, in The Yellow Wallpaper, the woman feels that activity, freedom, and interesting work would help her condition and she began her secret journal in order to relieve her mind. John her husband could not unders…