“The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Gilman and “A Jury of Her Peers” by Susan Glaspell have plots of really various naturesin one, a mentally disturbed female is taken to a reclusive house to recover while in the other, a female is accused of killing her partner. However, one typical thread that the stories share is the idea of how women at this time are dealt with or expected to act by others. “The Yellow Wallpaper” explains the life of a lonely woman whose absence of contact with anybody besides her other half causes her to develop a growing fascination with the wallpaper in her bedroom. On the contrary, in “A Jury of Her Peers,” Minnie Foster, a woman implicated of eliminating her neglectful other half is never ever formally presented, as she remains in prison while the story occurs. The story rather follows two homemakers, Mrs. Peters and Mrs. Hale, who occur to stumble upon Mrs. Foster’s infatuation her cherished dead pet. It might appear that the main character in “The Yellow Wall Paper” and Minnie Foster in “A Jury of Her Peers” are dealt with in entirely various ways by those around them as one woman is coddled by her hubby while Minnie Foster is ignored by hers, but in truth, both stories highlight the lonely and obsessive propensities of females in seclusion in addition to the guilt they feel when they can not measure up to society’s expectations of them.
Although the spouses of Minnie Foster and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” had different intentions for the treatment of their partners, both females wind up sensation dispirited and lonely. John, the spouse of the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” brings his other half out to a faraway home in order to cure her of the “momentary nervous depression” and “small hysterical tendency” that he, as a physician, has actually recommended her with (74 ). As part of his treatment, he tells her that she is “not enabled to work” (74) until she is well once again. Although John’s need demonstrates the chauvinistic tendencies of men at the time, he genuinely believes that his techniques will treat his better half. Unlike the storyteller in the previous story, Minnie Foster, a controversial figure and presumed murderer in “A Jury of Her Peers” invests the majority of her time in her home not since her other half is attempting to assist her, but due to the fact that she doesn’t have excellent relationships with him or anybody else. Similarly to the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” Minnie Foster’s home is a “lonely looking place” (Glaspell, 155) nevertheless, Minnie spends most of her time there doing housework or farming while her spouse is out at work. The description of Minnie’s house as “lonesome” further highlights Mrs. Wright’s privacy. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” John guarantees that his other half refrains from human contact, including their own kid, and when the narrator asked him if her cousins might go to, she recalls that “he says he would as quickly put fireworks in my pillow case as to have those stimulating individuals about me now” (Gilman, 78). Comparing his other half’s cousins to “fireworks” assists to show how dangerous he feels they will be to her. Antithetically, in “A Jury of Her Peers,” the 2 females at Minnie’s house discuss her hubby, calling him “a difficult male” and regreting how he was out at work throughout the day and “no business when he did be available in” (167 ). Although John’s treatment is severe, he truthfully thinks that he is curing his other half. Nevertheless, the narrator’s isolation still makes her feel depressed and lonesome, as she confesses to “weep at absolutely nothing, and sob most of the time,” (Gilman, 79) while in “A Jury of Her Peers” the ladies’s compassion and their portrayal of Mr. Wright as “no business” to his other half suggests Mrs. Wright’s isolation is an outcome of her spouses neglectfulness.
Regardless of both females feeling unhappy and alone, they are still anticipated to maintain the attitudes and duties of “the cult of domesticity” and feel guilty when they can not measure up to those expectations. Ladies at this time were expected to be submissive, pious, pure, and deal with all of the domestic aspects of domesticity. These expectations can be seen when the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” composes in her journal that “John states the worst thing I can do is to think about my condition, and I confess it always makes me feel bad” (75 ). The storyteller’s admission of guilt for disobeying her husbands orders illustrates that she feels the requirement to remain submissive and unopinionated, even regarding matters about her own health. Minnie Foster, on the other hand, feels the requirement to follow a different branch of the cult of domesticity as she strives to finish her domestic responsibilities such as farm work, cleaning the house, and knitting, in spite of being dissatisfied and lonesome. During the investigation of Minnie’s kitchen area, Mrs. Peters opens the cupboard to discover destroyed fruit and informs Mrs. Hale that Minnie had been “anxious” that it would spoil “when it got so cold last night” (Glaspell, 159). Right after this discovery, the group was walking Minnie’s disheveled cooking area and discovered some dirty washcloths, which triggers the constable, Mrs. Peter’s partner, to conclude that Minnie was “very little of a maid” (160 ). Minnie’s “concern” about her fruit while she is spending the night in prison shows she feels guilty that she might not complete her domestic responsibilities and illustrates that females at this time were socialized to constantly be cognizant of these responsibilities so as not to be perceived as unladylike by people such as Mr. Peters. The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is likewise concentrated on her domestic obligations, as seen in the future in the story. When she is really beginning to become haunted by the wallpaper in her space, she attempts to inform John how she feels, however he silences her with a “stern, reproachful appearance” (Gilman, 82). He then continues to inform her that she needs to improve, “for my sake, and for our kid’s sake, along with your own” so his spouse then “said no more” on the subject (82 ). The narrator’s instant silence is caused by not just John’s mention of their kid, however likewise the “reproachful appearance” that he provides her, illustrating both her understanding of the value of her function as a housewife and mother and the regret she feels for not having the ability to meet those responsibilities even though she is sick. Despite being lonely and unhappy, both Minnie Foster and the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” are anticipated to be typical, submissive homemakers.
Although Minnie Foster is in more of a social isolation while the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is in a physical seclusion, both ladies establish unhealthy fixations during this time due to lack of contact with the outdoors world. Due to the fact that the narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” is not permitted to see anybody except her other half, she develops a strange relationship with the wallpaper in her bed room. She confesses to “see it always” (83) and although she was at very first scared of it, she soon grows to like the space not in spite of, but “since of the wallpaper” (79 ). The storyteller’s modification of sensations towards the wallpaper represent the beginning of a relationship that exceeds the normal bond in between human beings and objects. Minnie Foster, on the other hand, is not physically isolated from other people as she has neighbors and a spouse, however she does feel socially gotten rid of from them. Due to her absence of pals, Minnie establishes a friendship with her bird that rather looks like the storyteller’s relationship to her wallpaper, as it serves as a replacement for relationships with other people. Similarly to this, in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the narrator’s desperate requirement for companionship drives her to encourage herself that she can see a woman “sneaking about behind that pattern” (81) and suddenly she begins to see her “out of every one of my windows” (85 ). Therefore, the night prior to her and John are scheduled to leave your home, she becomes so desperate to find this elusive woman that she is willing to tear apart the whole room. In her journal, she recalls that “I pulled and she shook” (86) the wallpaper in an effort to release her. This images explains the two interacting, which reveals that the storyteller sees this woman as somebody who can keep her business, clearly an outcome of her lack of contact with real individuals. Minnie Foster has a similarly crazy response when her husband eliminates her bird, as she becomes so enraged that she “choked the life out of him,” (Glaspell, 170) eliminating him in the same way he eliminated her bird. Minnie’s compulsive relationship with her bird as well as the not likely friendship the storyteller in “The Yellow Wallpaper” discovers highlight how women cope with different kinds of isolation and how far they are willing to go when the relationships they develop are threatened.
By comparing the storyteller in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and Minnie in “A Jury of Her Peers” it is easier to comprehend their motives for the desperate acts they are both driven to at the end of the stories. Although the 2 females had different backgrounds as one was an enjoyed better half and mom while the other had actually been ignored and lonely, both females lost their peace of mind at the ends of their stories. Their acts of desperation recommend that perhaps it was not merely their loneliness that propelled them to seek out buddies in odd places and commit acts of murder or madness, but likewise the regret of not measuring up to the expectations that society had of them.