Comparative Paper 1 - Professor Dj Kadir CMLIT 005 11 April...

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Professor Dj. Kadir CMLIT 005 11 April 2006 Treatment of Women The Awakening by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Perkins Stetson, both written at the tail-end of the nineteenth century, contain many themes or motifs that are critical to their respective stories. Both, however, contain the very important motif pertaining to the treatment of women. Although on the surface it may appear that Edna Pontellier from The Awakening leads a drastically different life than the female protagonist from The Yellow Wall Paper , they both lead lives controlled by others and are constantly feeling constraint. Pontellier’s life, although it may not appear so, leads a horribly constrained life. She is a wealthy Creole from New Orleans who lives during the summer at Grand Isle. To an outsider it would appear that she has everything that a person could want. She is wealthy, has a loving family and many friends, and seemingly little problems in her life. This, however, proves to be false. The life of Pontellier is controlled in many ways, and she does not feel as if she is truly
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