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Meanwhile, the short story of, ‘The Yellow Wall-Paper’, by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, holds some similarities to the poem in regarding to having the main character facing obstacles, yet there is a difference in the plot of the story compared to the poem. In both tales, there is young woman who is acting as the leading character and telling their experience. Except Gilan’s character is married to a physician who sadly undergoes abandonment from her husband, lack of health services, losing a child, and being thrown away from the world she once knew.
Storni used the first-person point-of-view to get the reader to picture the setting of the peom. The writer could be telling her own personal experience she had dealt with before in the past through her character. The poem begins with the narrator portraying as a young woman having conflicts arising in their romance. The way the character phrases the word ‘you’ throughout the text interprets that she and her partner were having an innermost conversation.
Prior to marriage to when a woman is a maiden; she is to be well protective of her virtues. Back then ladies were expected to be wholesome until they were wedded. She then brings up the topic that she still has no experience with copulation. When her lover began to have high hopes assuming she would transform into the person she truly is not. She then quotes to him stating, ‘That not a single daisy, Calls herself my sister’, (Storni 10-11). She is defending her innocence by using the example of a daisy.
Daises are known to be wild flowers. She used the symbology to represent several things. The first example being that in artwork, flowers are used to symbolize femininity. Secondly, her behaviorism is calm, and she does not do implosive acts as compared to what other women do. The intimate relationship the couple shared was based on unfaithfulness from the man’s behalf. She compared her partner to the Roman God named Bacchus. Bacchus was a descendant of a goddess and was known to be the god of pleasure, seduction, and wine. For instance, she describes that he has lustful relations with many women on the side. He lured the other women in when he was away from his lover. He would seek vanity from outside the relationship. He made all the other women believe the common lie that he told every single one of them that he would be there for them and possibly start a future with them. While in reality he does not keep his word and breaks every promise he has told. Once he finished seeing the other lovers, he flees and has no intention of returning back to the same woman he has already seen. Although, she could not believe the sin he has committed, she still questions why she should meet his expectation of her being pure when he simply is not? Even though she still maybe in shock, she asks God to help her learn how to forgive him. However, his betrayal still left her feeling broken. She suggests him to seek a quest to rejuvenate himself if he wishes to continue seeing her.
The short story of ‘The Yellow Wallpaper’ takes place in the late 18th century. During this point-in-time, women were limited to their options. Women were either getting into arranged marriages with a man to whom they did not love, nor be able to receive the opportunity to go to school and were left with no choice but to take on domestic duties. It was rare for a would woman to be educated. However, if they had the privilege too; they would not have been dealing with what most women had to endure. Instead they would be working in a male dominate workplace holding high leveled professional jobs. Just like Storni’s poem, the narrator’s character is also about a young woman who is romantically involved with her partner. She was joined in matrimony to a physician. The first half of the story begins with the character informing the audience that she is aware that she is not mentally there, yet she was puzzled in her husband’s responses to try and understand why her he keeps repeating to her that it is all in her head. Considering that she was determined to find answers to why she is not doing fine.
Aside from the fact that her husband was well acknowledged about her serious medical condition. In the time era in which she lived in, mental health care was not properly discovered yet. If someone was not mentally stabled it was often viewed as either a phase they would get over though time or a demonic possession that took over the women’s body. As a result of her not having access to proper immediate health care. Her condition did not show any signs of progression. The narrator’s character continues on by explaining how in her house there was one specific room in which what she described to a foul odor that lingered all around the room from a wall that was covered with a hideous yellow colored wallpaper. She unfortunately continues to suffer, and her spouse on goes to further neglect her. He would leave for long periods of time without her having any clue of where he maybe or who he could have been seeing.