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"The Story of an Hour" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" Comparison

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Transcript of "The Story of an Hour" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" Comparison

Main Characters
"The Yellow Wallpaper":
• wife (narrator)
"The Yellow Wallpaper":
The setting in "The Yellow Wallpaper" was in a mansion they were staying in for the summer, and in "The Story of an Hour" the setting was in her house.
The theme of both of the stories was that they wanted independence from their husbands.
"The Story of an Hour" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" Comparison

by Laura Culp

Important Events
"The Yellow Wallpaper":

• thought Brently died, but then she finds out he is alive, and dies of shock
• she is a little bit happy that her husband is dead because she is free
"The Story of an Hour":
Important Events Continued
"The Story of an Hour":
Foreshadowing Continued
"The Yellow Wallpaper":
Irony Continued
"The Yellow Wallpaper":
• she thinks there is a woman (or multiple women) trapped behind the wallpaper
• gradually becomes mentally insane
• she peels the wallpaper
• declares independence from her husband
• finds out her husband is dead
• she has a heart condition
•mourns, but then realizes that she is free from her husband
• finds out her husband isn't really dead and dies of shock
• John, husband
• Jane, John's sister

"The Story of an Hour":
• Louise, the wife
• Brently Mallard, the husband
• Josephine, Louise's sister
• Richards, Louise's friend
"The Story of an Hour":
• in the first sentence it says "It is very seldom that mere ordinary people like John and myself secure ancestral halls for the summer." which is ironic, because she isn't really ordinary
• "aquiver with new spring life"
• patches of blue sky
• "notes of a distant song which someone was singing"
• bite marks on the bed
• bars in the windows
• bed nailed down
• the wallpaper could symbolize the thing in her life that is holding her back (she mentions she likes everything about the room except for the wallpaper, and if the wallpaper were removed she would be happy, just like how in her life if she removed the thing that is holding her back, she would be happy.)
• the room could symbolize her life
"The Yellow Wallpaper":
• she has a mental illness
• family and friends were holding her back from doing what she wanted
"The Story of an Hour":
• her husband was holding her back
• when she finds out he is alive, she dies of shock
• thinks her husband is dead
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