The Yellow Wallpaper/ a Rose for Emily

Topics: Charlotte Perkins Gilman, Protagonist, The Yellow Wallpaper Pages: 2 (739 words) Published: December 1, 2005
The Yellow Wallpaper/ A Rose for Emily

Not of their making. When I read Charlotte Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper and William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily this is what I think. Though written by different authors and wrote in 100 years time difference, they still reflect the same injustice that was inflicted on women in the late 1800's. They contrast by how the stories are written and personalities of the women. But the stories compare by the women coming from social standing families and being pushed into insanity by the men who were suppose to be protecting them. Men, back in the late 1800's, treat women as children rather than adults. Crucial decisions were not made by women but by the men in their lives.

Gilman's story is written in first person. The story is told as if we are reading the main character's dairy. This gives total insight into the character's mind. In The Yellow Wallpaper the audience understands why she is frightened and frustration. As the story progresses we begin to see day by day of how her sickness over powers or how the insanity comes into place. And what factors contributes to mold her frame of mind. Also in Gilman's story the main character is not named. The husband calls the main character sweet heart, honey, and silly goose, but never her Christian name. Why is the main character not named? It is though the author what this character to represent every women who feels trap in a marriage. Or is she the character. As in Faulkner's A Rose for Emily is told in third person. This gives the story sort of mysterious sort of view. We don't read Emily's thoughts or reasoning but of her actions. This gives the audience outside looking in point of view. The story teller also gives us the town's people reactions to the main character deeds. The story teller recounts the events in Ms. Emily's life: how her father force her first love away, trying to kept her father's dead body, and the mysterious departure of her latest beau. Not knowing...
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