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

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Paris Claypool
Eng 120
Essay 1
06/12/2010

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 stories both have numerous similarities in characterization, setting, and symbolism. A major difference of these two short stories is the point of view they were written in. “A Rose for Emily” is written in third person and “The Yellow Wallpaper” is written in first person point of view. These Two women are driven insane because they feel confined by the men in their lives. They retreat into their own respective worlds as an escape from reality.

“A Rose for Emily” is a short story of isolation, loss, gossip, the conflict of old and new, and evens the possibility of murder. “The Yellow Wallpaper” is partly autobiographical and illustrates the fight for selfhood by a woman in an oppressed environment. She suffers a nervous breakdown from the confining pressures of her position compared to men. Both Female Characters suffer from maintaining an image, role and ideal that is imposed on them by men in high societies. Finally, "A Rose for Emily" and "The Yellow Wallpaper", are two similar stories in that they both deal with two women who are mentally and emotionally ill. Although, the stories are similar they have their own twists. Where "A Rose for Emily" is more gothic, dark, suicidal, and psychotic, "The Yellow Wallpaper", seems a...