The Narrator in the story knowingly follows Silva’s every word even knowing deep down she knows that she probably shouldn’t. She uses her time with him as an escape from her own living situation because it is exciting and new. The narrator of the story struggles with her identity and begins to worry if she is becoming the fabled Yellow Woman. The story “Yellow Woman” is extremely sexually charged with many things in the story being metaphors for sex. The story even begins with the narrator waking up after a night of sex with the mysterious Silva saying “My thigh clung to his with dampness”.
The narrator is on the other side of the river, symbolizing that she has crossed over a boundary line physically as well as with her actions. The narrator acts completely instinctual at the beginning and does not really think about before her actions. The narrator tells us later that she “did not decide to go. She just went”. She is caught up in the rush she is experiencing by doing what she is not supposed to. Since she began her domestic life she has not been able to experience acting out of spontaneity.
The woman is experiencing a feeling that many people feel when they get married and start a family. Days become very repetitive and life becomes more about your family than yourself. People begin to miss the days where they could just go out and do whatever they want on a whim. When Silva asks her if she is coming with him to his home, she goes. She continues to move further and further away from her home and her life. The narrator speaks of how she was “standing in the sky with nothing around her but the wind that came down from the blue mountain peak behind her”. She is xperiencing complete freedom from her life and responsibilities and she loves it. It is at this time where the narrator starts to really see the connection between herself and the fabled Yellow Woman. She is too far away to see her own pueblo and can only see its boundaries. She begins to compare herself as she was “yesterday”, the day she and Silva first made love, and the day before, when she was still at her pueblo with her family. She finally concludes that she has become the Yellow Woman and believes that only her grandfather would be able to understand what she is going through.
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Things get dangerous for her when Silva is confronted for stealing the meat and guns are drawn. She recalls that from his telling that some Yellow Women die, and when Silva tells her to leave she takes off up the mountain. She arrives at a place where the trail forks and opts to go the route that leads to a safer place. She releases Silva’s horse and starts her journey back home. It is said in the story that the Yellow Woman never saw took a paved road, but assuming a paved road means a safe road in which we know the destination, the narrator does take the paved road home.
She arrives to see her husband Al along with her grandmother and child living the life she remembered. Her journey has ended and a part of her is upset by this because she enjoyed the experience. Her desires are still there and she still longs to see Silva down by the river bed again. But those desires are not strong enough to make her leave the domesticated life that she has chosen for herself. She becomes a storyteller herself as she recounts her own Yellow Woman story and believes that the other Yellow Women had names like she does, but they do not reveal them.
The Yellow Woman stories allow the narrator to justify her actions as she considers herself another chapter in the Yellow Woman saga. To sum up, the narrator in the story is able to fulfill her instinctual desires by becoming a Yellow Woman. She transforms through her dream-like journey into the person she longed to be. It was not until Silva became violent and she sees “something ancient and dark” in his eyes that she begins to snap back into reality. The story reaches out to all of its readers and allows them to relate to the narrator because we all have unfulfilled desires throughout our lives.
Women in Story of an Hour and The Yellow Wallpaper Two women from two different books shared the same contrast and similarities. From the books of The Story of the Hour by Kate Chapin, and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins. These two stories had a lot in common and shared a lot of the same views about women in the late 1800 s. Both stories showed the horrifying tragic that happened to two ...