Comparison and Contrast: A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and the Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin

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The comparison and contrast of A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Story of an Hour by Kate Chopin will give information about the stories and their backgrounds. A Rose for Emily by Faulkner is based in the post-civil war about the Grierson family. When Emily Grierson’s father dies she is left alone and unmarried only with her servant Tobe. She meets Homer Barron and after he enters her home he is never seen again. The Story of an Hour by Chopin is based in industrial times and Louise Mallard finds out that her husband had been killed in a railroad accident. Josephine her sister tried to tell her gently not to upset for she had heart trouble. Her husband believed to be dead had come home but in all the grief of seeing him she killed herself from shock of seeing him.

Mallard and Grierson are similar characters in many ways. Grierson character is insane and obsessive and does not know how to let go. In the story it says “she told them that her father was not died. She did this for three days” (Faulkner 86). Mallard on the other hand is apprehensive and demented as well. When she was told that her husband died she did not know what to do and died from being over joyed to see him alive. In the story it says “It was Brently Mallard who entered, a little travel stained…….. They said she die of heart disease of joy that kills.” (Chopin 16)

The settings in the stories are from different time periods. A Rose for Emily is set in post-civil war era. The setting of the story reflects the time by how it shows Grierson family being the richest family in town to them being humanized and their once prized house surrounded by cotton gins and gasoline pumps. (Faulkner 84) The Story of an Hour setting is in the 1960’s. Were most women in that time period stayed and at home, took care of the house while their husbands worked. “When intelligence of the railroad disaster was received, with Brently Mallard name leading the list of...
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