Charlotte Perkins & Kate Chopin

Read two short stories:  “The Yellow-Wall Paper” (1892) by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “The Storm” (1898) by Kate Chopin. This can be searched online.

 Both of these stories focus on the idea of women within the institution of marriage. These stories were written many years before women even got the right to vote.  

 How does Charlotte Perkins Gilman and Kate Chopin imagine the place of women within the institution of marriage?  How do the women relate to their husbands?  How do their husbands relate to them?  And what do you think Gilman and Chopin are trying to say about the society in which they live?  Provide evidence (quotations and your commentary) in support of your claims. 

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