de propia voluntad es el unico forma!

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That means, "free will is the only way." I'm not familiar with Spanish, but I thought that this would be good.

"The process of restoring the "natural" social order of things on which the notion of "free will" is predicated is completed by Segismundo's final decision, one that has occasioned almost as much debate as his rejection of love" (Sears).

I may be relating a lot of information to "The Yellow Wallpaper," but I think it is a great story!

The notion of free will in "Life is a Dream" and "The Yellow Wallpaper" is similar, but is based on a lot of decisions.

So, in "The Yellow Wallpaper" the reader can see how the narrator's free will has been taken away because of her husband, John, and because she is seen as having a sickness that does not allow her to leave the house.

On the other hand, "Life is a Dream" presents the reader with Segismundo who encounters a lot of decisions. These decisions are based on his own free will and what he decides ultimately decides the outcome.

Both characters are controlled by another entity - male or female- in which they have no control over. Or do they?

Segismundo relates to nature in many ways whereas the narrator in "The Yellow Wallpaper" relates to a tangible piece of wallpaper.

Is there a connection between the characters or is it because the authors are writting during a period of gender discrimination?

And finally, do you see how the narrator "rejects" John's love and how Segismundo regrets his love?

Click here for the course web page devoted to Sears.

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Nice comparison Derek, however I don't think they are connected because both writers were writing during a period of gender discrimination. Instead, I think we have to remember that the narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper is unreliable and that the depiction of the main character having her freedon taken away may or may not be true. However, we also have to look at the difference between freedom and free will in both cases. Segismundo had to learn that you can't have pure freedon and pure free will at the same time. Instead, you can have a certain amount of freedom with a guided free will (by guided I meant Sears's comment about free will leaning towards what we consider good). What about the main character's free will and freedom in The Yellow Wallpaper? I think we can agree that her freedom was limited, but what about her free will? What thoughts do you have on that?

This is a good way to look at it.

I also believe that the narrator's freedom was limited by John. As for her free will, I think that it was overtaken by her sickness (growing insanity) which was because of John's authority and decisions. At the beginning of the text, the narrator does not express too much insanity other than stating what John said about her sickness.

Segismundo was forced into isolation by Basilio. His freedom was taken from him, but his free will resulted in his control and a marriage.

How do we know that the narrator's free will was not controlled by her sickness which began by John's control?

Did her psychological insanity cause her to lost her free will and freedom or did it begin with John.

Remember in the end of the story, when the narrator locked the door and John was trying to get in. She refers to him wanting the "axe." So, would you agree that she was unable to use her free will in order to escape the "house" because her freedom was taken from her and her sickness controlled her.

My blog entry called Why do women fall short in literature refers to women being controlled or related to houses - http://blogs.setonhill.edu/DerekTickle/2009/02/why_do_women_fall_short_in_lit.html

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