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  1. Introduction
  2. Kate Chopin's 'The Story of An Hour'
  3. Being with Aclee
  4. The freedom the woman in the story seeks
  5. The wallpaper
  6. Works cited

Freedom is a prevalent theme in a lot of the American realism stories. However, in most of these stories, the focus is on a man's literal quest for freedom. Less common, but not infrequent, is the portrayal a woman struggling for that ideal. The woman's pursuit is more abstract than a man's. They strive for their personal freedoms. The women portrayed by American realist authors are enslaved by the patriarchy of the time in which they lived, their romantic relationships, and societal expectations. These underlying, if not apparent, themes are best exemplified in ?The Story of an Hour? and ?The Storm? by Kate Chopin and ?The Yellow Wall-Paper? by Charlotte Perkins Gilman.

[...] Freedom and Women in American Realism Freedom is a prevalent theme in a lot of the American realism stories. However, in most of these stories, the focus is on a man's literal quest for freedom. Less common, but not infrequent, is the portrayal a woman struggling for that ideal. The woman's pursuit is more abstract than a man's. They strive for their personal freedoms. The women portrayed by American realist authors are enslaved by the patriarchy of the time in which they lived, their romantic relationships, and societal expectations. [...]


[...] Clarisse found her freedom in abstaining from sex with Aclee, while sex with Aclee is exactly what set Calixta free. The struggle for freedom portrayed by Gilman in Yellow Wall- Paper? is of a different nature, although, it does still include a relationship totally dominated by the man. Yellow Wall-Paper? leads us down a path of increasing mental instability during a woman's desperate attempt to be free. The narrator, and main character, suffers only from a mild case of depression at the beginning of the story. [...]

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