The Yellow Wallpaper and a Rose for Emily

Topics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, The Yellow Wallpaper, Silas Weir Mitchell Pages: 2 (703 words) Published: August 29, 2013
The Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily Contrast and Compare Analysis Missie Thomas
July 30, 2013

Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s the Yellow Wallpaper and William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily explore the emotional trials of woman living in a secluded and reserved state. The main character in both works experience insanity, isolation, feelings of being controlled, until at last each character come to be entirely out of control. These stories are different just as the writers are different. Gilman a 32-year-old radical and social activist during the late part of the 1800s when it was not uncommon for woman to struggle with depression. This help Gilman to write the Yellow Wallpaper using the perspective of a troubled woman suffering from depression while using first person writing and does so in such a way that the reader gets an inside look at the psychologically erratic perspective of the main character. William Faulkner 37-years-old born into a family who was once wealthy from plantation owner in Mississippi, portrayed a perspective that the “Old South” had weakened. Faulkner was an outcast in Oxford because of his perspective regarding racism and segregation. Because of this Faulkner wrote A Rose for Emily this story takes place in an unknown named town and uses third-person writing to generate the weakening of the Southern town, the people of the town, and one of the towns who at one time was the wealthiest residents. Even though both works have comparable subject matter, the writer’s perspectives regarding their environments have intensely different themes and essential meanings in each work.

In A Rose for Emily, Faulkner uses third-person writing from the viewpoint of an unknown narrator who has lived in the town for a long time. The town is labeled at one time a rich area populated by gallant men and people that held good morals and that maintained community values had, over time lost its values and well as gallantry. The main character...
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