Compare and Contrast Essay on The Yellow Wallpaper vs The Garden Party
Mansfield Katherine’s “The Garden Party” and Gilman Charlotte’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” both revolve around feministic views of self-assertion. Besides several differences that occur within these two short stories, there are a number of comparisons contained in them. Both “Wallpaper” and “Party” portrays a picture of how people recognize as feminist fiction works. Both of the stories, brings out women who are imprisoned, although one of the female characters is imprisoned quite literally compared to the other.
The most vivid comparison between the book the Yellow wallpaper and the Garden Party is the idea of being the author of own destiny. The woman represented in the yellow wallpaper struggles to write her destiny. She is determined to leave her life by overcoming challenges by herself, for example; she wanted to battle the post-partum depression on her own. Besides, she wants to set herself free from the marriage bonds, by disposing off the husband, her sisters, and others who seemed to dictate her life. She even keeps a diary as a strong vindication of his will to be free. The idea of self-expression life is powerful throughout her central character role. The desire is so strong that whenever she sees someone trapped in the wallpaper, she tears it to shreds.
For the character in the Graden Party, Laura, the motivation and the desire are the same. Laura life starts with joy but ends desperation as she suffers from an accident that leaves her paralyzed. The people around are unconscious of her, and she cannot understand why they are acting like that. While still in the hospital, she is informed of her neighbor death, a poor old man and she feels that the party she took time to prepare before the accident should be stopped. No one is willing to listen to her even her sisters. There was no one thinking of Laura, “possibly, they were the utmost eyesore, and they did not have any right in that neighborhood in all ways” (255). Even her mother did not say anything but a word of sorrow. She is physically imprisoned and cannot do anything to reverse the situation back at home.
After she is released in the hospital and the party is over, the thoughts of the old man cloud her mind and cannot think straight. She imagines the old dead man house as it would look and this erase any memory on the successful party. “There existed no space for anything else in her mind” (261). The thoughts were endless with many possibilities at this time. Laura is physically and mentally tied and desires to set herself free, but she cannot when in her current state.
Both short stories confirm of a character who desires to free either emotionally or physically from their current state, but the find themselves tangled with issues. The desires to tear up the issue that holds their self-assertion desires backward, but not only later do they realize the vanity of what the hold on for long. Feminist view of self-expression has been one of the issues in the modern world where heated debate has always emerged. The role of female in the society and their self-assertion can be looked from this perspective.