Obviously, the short stories—William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily and The Chrysanthemums written by John Steinbeck have something in common; but also there are some different between them.
The main characters of those two stories both are women. Emily is the protagonist of A Rose for Emily and Elisa is the most important character in The Chrysanthemums. Both of them are isolated with outside—Emily always stays in her big mansion; and Elisa works hard on her farm in the valley.
Emily is a lonely, obstinate and abnormal woman. She is hard to accept those who she loved leave her, like her father and the labor. She even killed Homer Barron, kept his body in the room and slept with the body every night—just because Homer Barron didn’t want marry her. By …show more content…
Both stories offer a wealth of description, but in A Rose for Emily, the author did some foreshadowing and hints instead of telling readers the fact directly. Illustration, “Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair. (Faulkner)” This text is a hint that the author left. It let readers know that Emily was lying with the body recently. In contrast, The Chrysanthemums is easier understanding than A Rose for Emily; the author of The Chrysanthemums left some space to readers to think but not left any suspense. We can feel Elisa’s emotion intuitively without guess. For example, the author wrote: “Kneeling there, her hand went out toward his legs in the greasy black trousers. Her hesitant fingers almost touched the cloth. Then her hand dropped to the ground. She crouched low like a fawning dog (Steinbeck).” Readers can image the action, expression and emotion of Elisa easily from those