The Storm And The Yellow Wallpaper Literary Elements And Themes

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The Storm and The Yellow Wallpaper

In both “The Storm” by Kate Chopin and “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, literary elements such as symbolism and metaphor play big parts in explaining what the protagonists are going through. The protagonist in each story is a woman who was repressed in her life. Both characters have been driven to do the things that they may not have done had it not been for their respective repressive situations. The authors use several literary elements, such as symbolism, point-of-view, and setting to show the repression of the women.

Chopin and Gilman both use symbolism and metaphor to explain exactly how the women felt. The Storm is a ...view middle of the document...

In The Storm, a third party tells the story in order to give the reader a better idea of what kind of lifestyles the main characters have, and the entire story is bookended with scenes from the two illicit lovers’ families. The Yellow Wallpaper is told in the first person, and is actually in diary format. “There are things in the wallpaper that nobody knows about but me, or ever will” (Gilman 441). The reader gets to learn all about how the narrator thinks and feels, and perhaps gets a better understand of exactly how and why she does the things that she does, such as tearing off the wallpaper and chewing on the bed frame.

The Storm by Kate Chopin and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gillman are important stories for everyone to read, because it helps the reader to understand about the repression (sexual and otherwise) of women in the 19th century, and still has some parallels in today’s world. The symbolism, setting, and point-of-view of the stories all are crucial to getting them to have the desired effect on the readers. In The Storm, the story is progressed greatly with all three of these literary elements, from the beginning to the end.
The Storm is about an affair that takes place between Calixta and Alcee during a huge storm. Both characters have families, and it would appear that Calixta was sexually repressed by her husband, given how quickly she was willing to give into Alcee’s advances. The symbolism in this story was mostly the storm itself. During the beginning of The Storm, a storm was just beginning, which was foreshadowing the betrayal that was about to happen in the form of an affair. Once the two went through with the affair, the storm climaxed right along with them, and then ended right as they parted ways. After the storm, Calixta was able to...

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