In “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "Sweat" by Zora Neale Hurston, women are expected to be acquiescent. In Gilman 's “The Yellow Wallpaper," the wife of a physician is diagnosed with a nervous depression. During the period she is sick, her husband placed her in a room; once known as the nursery, where she is required to stay until she is better. With the orders given, all her motherly and wifely duties are removed. Eventually, she has a psychotic break, where she starts seeing a woman in the wallpaper and tries to release her.
Hurston 's short story “Sweat” is about a woman, Delia, who is in an abusive marriage for years; eventually got tired and retaliates. Delia is not giving into Skye 's abusive ways as he attempts to force her out of the house. Skye 's eventually got a snake because he knows Delia is afraid of it, but instead of getting Delia out of her house the snake bites him and he dies.
John, from “The Yellow Wallpaper," is a...
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...e seen as authoritative; They are usually the ones who would work. Delia has a sense of independence because she works, which seems as if she is degrading Sykes since he did not have a job. His abuse doesn 't make Delia respect him any more than she did before nor did it make her want to leave her house.
Marriage is more problematic for women than it is for men. Women are seen as submissive while men are dominant. Men have dominance because they are responsible for the decision making within the household and to support their families financially. Women are not completely willing to give up their independence, women desired control. Men want power while women want respect. Both stories show that women don’t always obey their husbands and want freedom. Whenever women are disobedient it leads to consequences which are not favorable to them
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