The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman And A Rose For Emily

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The short stories, “The Yellow Wallpaper,” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “A Rose for Emily,” written by William Faulkner, have a lot in common regarding the main characters. Each narrative focuses on the lifestyle and behavior of a bizarre woman who has been kept away for a certain period of time. One could argue that these women were not initially deranged, though something must have occurred to send them on such a downward spiral. The main characters in each account, Jane and Miss Emily, endured situations in their lives which proved to be a crucial point in the development of their mental illness, being isolated gradually caused their illness escalate. Jane and Miss Emily have both faced a monumental change in their own lives, which resulted in the initial suggestion that a mental illness must be affecting their offbeat minds. The women face profoundly different catastrophes; however each occurrence involved their families. In Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” during an exchange between John and Jane, John explains, “I beg of you, for my sake and for our child’s sake, as well as for your own, that you will never for one instant let that idea enter your mind!” (Gilman 137). Jane gave birth to a little baby boy, which is when her life takes a turn for the worse. This provokes depression, anxiety, and Jane began showing unusual, if not utterly insane, behavior which is a result of her post-partum depression. In William Faulkner’s, “A Rose for…

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