Comparing Marriage In The Awakening And The Yellow Wallpaper

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In class there have been many discussions over the relationships and marriages among the books we have read. When someone thinks of marriage, a fairy tale with a happy ending might come to mind, or possibly a safe haven for those looking for something stable. In The Awakening by Kate Chopin, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, marriage takes a turn for the worse. Marriage is no longer the happy memories in a lifetime. It can be the thing that hinders the women in these stories from developing their full potential or experiencing the world and other lifestyles. Through these texts and this time frame, we will analyze the meaning of their marriages, how they function, and the end result of both.
In The Awakening, Edna Pontellier feels trapped in her marriage with no way out. Her husband finds, “it discouraging that his wife, who was the sole object of his existence, evinced so little interest in things which concerned him, and …show more content…

“I tried to have a real earnest reasonable talk with him the other day and tell him how I wish he would let me go and make a visit. But he said I wasn’t able to go, nor able to stand it after I got there,” she isn’t even able to visit others because John believes it will make her more “sick” (Gilman 453). The narrator doesn’t have any control of her life, John is constantly telling her what to do and what medicine to take, he also carries her around and up to her bedroom where she spends most of her time. Between John’s need to dominate his wife, and the narrator’s naiveness their marriage is one similar to Edna’s and Mr. Pontellier’s. Both marriages hindered the wives’ choices towards themselves and kept them trapped inside the marriage and their homes, but the difference between Edna and the narrator is that Edna escapes Mr. Pontellier through the “pigeon house” and later

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