Compare and Contrast the Garden Party and the Yellow Wallpaper

1231 Words Jan 25th, 2014 5 Pages
Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party” and Charlotte Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” are both centralized on the feministic views of women coming out to the world. Aside from the many differences within the two short stories, there are also similarities contained in Chopin’s. Both "Party" and "Wallpaper" are what we today might categorize feminist works of fiction. Both reveal women who are imprisoned, though one is imprisoned more literally than the other. “The Garden Party” and “The Yellow Wallpaper,” such as the same concept of the “rest treatment” was prescribed as medicine to help deal with their sickness, society’s views on the main character’s illness, and both stories parallel in the main character finding freedom in the locker …show more content…
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 most intense level of comparison between both is the idea of a woman seeking to define her own narrative. The woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" wants to write her own destiny... literally. 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 Laura, the desire is much the same. She wants to be free from family. This is something that she cannot fully conceive until she hears of her neighbor’s death. While she mourns, she then comes to a realization that with his passing, her own life can be lived. 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. In considering the two

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