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Talents and dreams hopes and desires shunned by the husbands and times of the women in The Crysanthemums and The Yellow Wallpaper The wife Elisa in The Crysanthemums reflects an internal struggle with herself to find her place in a world of definite gender roles The Yellow Wallpaper traces the treatment of a woman who descends from depression to madness in the male-imposed psychiatric confinement of her room The mirror-like situations that hinder the protagonists in both stories call the women to conduct themselves in demeanors drastically different from one another Elisa Allen of The Crysanthemums and the narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper both have husbands who fancy the idea of knowing what their wives want and need On the way to dinner Elisa asks her husband about the fights and his immediate reply is We can go if you want but I dont think you would like them much He cannot fathom the idea that she may actually enjoy this non-feminie event The narrators husband also assumes that he knows what is best for his wife He thinks isolation and confinement will cure her nervous depression Nevertheless this cure makes her weak it transforms her into a woman gone mad She gives into the figments of her imagination and begins to metamorphose this thing she imagines behind the wallpaper as a hallucinogenic image of herself This woman becomes a deadly combination best friend and worst enemy She views the woman as trapped and in order to free herself from this non-fulfilling life she must free the woman Elisa also receives an uninvited guest a tinker who she perceives as the perfect emblem of freedom His life is on the road in the wild-outside the fence She like the narrator feels a need a desire to help this outsider in order to liberate ones self Vivid pictures and visions of a life with no barriers boundaries or limitations run free in
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