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A Comparison of Female Characters in Editha by William Dean Howells and The Yellow Wall Paper by Charlotte Gilman
Word Count: 1,338
We were a silent hidden thought in the folds of oblivion and we have become a voice that causes the heavens to tremble -Kahlil Gibran In the times that we live in today in a relationship men and women have equal rights Relationships are based on the idea that it takes both men and women to make a relationship work There is a mutual respect between partners However in the Nineteenth century women had virtually no say in their lives or relationships The men controlled everything Women allowed their feelings and opinions to be controlled and influenced by men This society that allows this to happen makes it harder for women to overcome such repression It gives the sense that men are better than women This is not always the case there are relationships where women have the ultimate control This is shown in Editha and The Yellow Wall-Paper at some point in each story there is a shift in the power the spouse that has initial control loses it and in both stories the women gain control In Editha by William Dean Howells the power in the relationship between Editha and her fiancee George Gearson is switched Editha is the one with the control In one instance George comes to her for advice and help He isnt sure if he should go to war or not I know you always have the highest ideal When I differ from you I ought to doubt myself Howells 1529 He comes to her because he feels that she will tell him to do the right thing He knows Editha has a set ideal for him However she uses this power and control that George has given her and selfishly convinces him to go to war for her But now it flashed upon her if he could do something worthy to have her be a hero her hero Howells 1528 For
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