Points Of View Support Themes : Yellow Wallpaper And Story Of A Hour

Points Of View Support Themes : Yellow Wallpaper And Story Of A Hour

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Victoria Ray
Professor S. Smith
ENGL 2201 020
28 February 2016
Points of View Support Themes: “Yellow Wallpaper” and “Story of a Hour”
Authors use many different elements to portray the theme of a work of literature, such as the point of view, setting, symbolism, and plot. Point of view can play a very important role in communicating the theme, based on who is narrating the story and what the narrator chooses to tell the reader. In two short stories, “Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “The Story of an Hour” written by Kate Chopin, the different points of view aid the author in sharing the themes of the stories, and play a vital part in how readers interpret these themes. The points of view in each story support and address the various themes of both works by providing insight to the theme that the author is portraying.
“Yellow Wallpaper” uses first person as its point of view; therefore, the story is conveyed through the narrator only. Through the voice of the narrator, it is evident that women are viewed as inferior to the men and the theme of the subordination of women is easily delivered through the narrator’s thoughts. The narrator believes that if her husband, John, was not her doctor, her condition would improve, and even states, “You see, he does not believe I am sick,” (Gilman 655). She continues to discuss how she disagrees with her husband’s opinions on her wellbeing, but there are not any other actions for her to pursue. Although the narrator enjoys writing and she feels better afterwards, she is not allowed to write due to her illness, despite her opinions that it would be helpful (656). Moreover, her husband does not truly listen to her when she talks about what she prefers about her treatment or the...


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...ssion, as well as her opinions and views being ignored. Likewise, without this point of view, the readers would not understand the obsession with the wallpaper and what led to the obsession. Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” uses third person omniscient to display the oppression in marriages and the restraint of joy in independence; the use of third person helps the reader understand the themes from Mrs. Mallard, but in a way that shows how these issues are universal. Both authors use of the different points of view aid them in their quest to define their themes.





Works Cited
Chopin, Kate. “Story of an Hour.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Ed. Kelly J. Mays. 11th ed. New York: Norton, 2013. 653-654. Print.
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “Yellow Wallpaper.” The Norton Introduction to Literature. Ed. Kelly J. Mays. 11th ed. New York: Norton, 2013. 655-666. Print.

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