Comparison and Contrast of the Yellow Wallpaper and the Rose for Emily

1084 Words Jun 14th, 2010 5 Pages
Paris Claypool
Eng 120
Essay 1

A Rose for Emily and The Yellow Wallpaper

“A Rose for Emily’’ By William Faulkner and “The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman,” are two short stories that both incorporate qualities of similarities and difference. Both of the short stories are about how and why these women changed for lunacy. These women are forced into solitude because of the fact that they are women. Emily’s father rejects all of her mates; the husband of Gilman Narrator (John) isolates her from stimulation of any kind. Emily is a recluse trapped in a depreciated home and the narrator in Gilman’s story is a delusional woman confined to her bedroom. These
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The narrator in “The Yellow Wallpaper” also suffers from the inability to handle her reality. She cannot accept the reality of being controlled and confined by men. Her husband and her brother are both physician. It author Perkins Gilman suffered through postpartum Depression and was also treated. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the woman is nameless. She feels as if she has no identity or control over her life, hindering her capacity for true expression of self. When the narrators become excited and hysterical about her confinement the men around her prescribe rest. They don’t understand confinement; lack of living is what is causing her frustration. Her husband rented a mansion for the summer so she can recuperate. She sits in an upstairs room, which use to be a nursery. While restricted from activity, she becomes obsessed with peeling yellow wallpaper. Secretly, she writes in her diary. She is supervised by her husband sister Jennie, and the nanny that tends to their baby. In “A Rose for Emily”, the details about the atmosphere and environment seems as if “Emily: is a lonely woman with little confidence and low self-esteem. Miss Emily is portrayed with high statuses and while she did carry herself with dignity, people in the community only gave her respect based on fear of what she could do to them. The author William Faulkner gives hints that lead up to the shocking revelation of Emily’s character. It was not until her death when

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