Please compare and contrast "The Yellow Wallpaper" and "Story of an Hour."

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You have a lot of really good material here from which to write, which is where I assume you're going with this.  The idea of woman subjugated to man is clear and well documented here.  I would only add that both female protagonists have sisters who also try to protect them from their realities; this adds an interesting twist to the purely male dominion idea so prevalent in both works.

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Clearly there is ample scope in comparing the position of women in both of these stories, and in particular the way that they are oppressed or subjugated by other males, particularly their husbands, even though...

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Both stories deal with the subject of female isolationism. Both are either isolated by family or the situations around them. Both females in the stories desire to either be set free to explore the world on their own terms. One needs to be free from the "shackles" of marriage, and the other needs to be set free from the confines of a man's world.

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To look at the stories in comparison one can identify that both of the females lived during the same era.  It was a time when women whose husbands had a decent income were expected to be demure and fragile.  Women were considered to be delicate creatures that should take to their bed and rest.  The husbands controlled the entire destiny of the woman and family.  In both stories the women are fragile women who have become psychologically ill due to the pretenses they were expected to demonstrate.

The differences were that one woman is living in the city, her husband has gone off to work, she has a heart condition, and she had believes him dead.  The husband appears and she dies because her chance at freedom is lost.

The woman with the yellow wall paper is in a country house on vacation.  She is forced to play sick and is told she must rest by her husband and doctor.  As a result she descends into madness believing the wall paper has come alive.

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