Typical Life of American Wife of the late 1800s: An Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”

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  • Maria Michael

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11076

Keywords:

American wife, Woman, Late 1800s, Patriarchy, Inequality

Abstract

The life of the typical American women in the late 1800s was strictly confined to the four walls of a house. For a wife, marriage, husband and family were the destiny. She had no legal political right or voice in public sphere. They were not supposed to involve in any intellectual pursuits but only in domestic chores like cooking, sewing, cleaning etc. The condition of women in any class (upper, lower or middle) was more or less same. Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin were noted American writers of nineteenth century. Both writers outrageously expressed their strong views on women, marriage and sex. They were revolutionaries of their time. This paper is going to analyse how Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” depict typical public expectations about marriage and women of late 1800s. It also distinguishes the representation of women and wife in the nineteenth century patriarchal American society.

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Author Biography

Maria Michael

Assistant Professor on Contract

Dept. of English

Pavanatma College

Murickassery, Kerala, India

References

Chopin, Kate. The Complete Works of Kate Chopin. Ed. Per Seyersted. Baton Rough:

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Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. “The Yellow Wallpaper.” The Charlotte Perkins Gilman

Reader: “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Other Fiction. Ed. Ann J.Lane. New York: Pantheon, 1980. 3-20. Print.

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Women”. 2002. Web.07 May 2021.

http://people.loyno.edu/~kchopin/new/women/motherhood.html

Thrailkill, Jane F. “Doctoring ‘The Yellow Wallpaper.’” ELH, vol. 69, no. 2, 2002, pp.

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Published

28-05-2021

How to Cite

Michael, M. . (2021). Typical Life of American Wife of the late 1800s: An Analysis of Kate Chopin’s “Story of an Hour” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper”. SMART MOVES JOURNAL IJELLH, 9(5), 400–406. https://doi.org/10.24113/ijellh.v9i5.11076

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