The Yellow Wallpaper Questions and Answers
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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Can you compare the theme in "The Yellow Wallpaper" with the theme in "The Story of an Hour"?

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One common theme of Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" and Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" is that of female repression in the patriarchal society of the Victorian Age. For, in each narrative, the main character is a woman who is confined by the femme covert law in which the wife's property belongs to her husband, and she is subservient to him, as well.  Moreover, in each story this inflexible position in their confined social realm makes the female characters prisoners of their domestic sphere. As such, they suffer from what is called "a nervous condition" in Gilman's story and "a heart trouble" in Chopin's.

In "The Yellow Wallpaper," the unnamed narrator expresses her frustration and repression as she points to her inability to be heard in her desire to go into the "delicious garden."  Furthermore, she hates the room her husband has chosen for her rest after childbirth, but...

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