Analysis Of `` The Yellow Wallpaper `` By Charlotte Perkins Gilman And A Rose For Emily

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The two short stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner contain different settings and plotlines however they share a very similar theme, isolation and insanity. Under different conditions, the two female main characters were both driven to insanity because the men in their lives forced them into long periods of isolation and loneliness. However, Gilman addresses the effects of theme on the main character through psychological realism while Faulkner expresses it by illuminating social issues of the South.
One similarity that both of the female characters share is pretty clear, they both experience isolation which ultimately, leads them to insanity. In “A Rose for Emily”, the story began with the narrator describing the day of Miss Emily’s funeral, stating “Our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant- a combined gardener and cook-had last seen in the last ten years.” (Faulkner 1) Because of this quote, it becomes clear that Emily had been isolated and separated from society for most of her life. The story then flashbacks to after her father dies and the narrator begins to hint at how suspicious Emily is starting to act by stating, “I want arsenic” (Faulkner 3)and the narrator saying “that was the last we saw of Homer Barron”. These quotes explain the beginnings of…

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