3 April 2010
William Faulkner’s “A rose for Emily” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” are two short stories both incorporate qualities of similarities and differences. Both of the short stories are about how and why a woman changed from loneliness to craziness. Also, these two short stories both are the product of male influences, oftentimes negative ones and much of their rage is intermixed with occasional feelings of love. These women are forced into loneliness only because of the era they are woman. Emily’s father rejects all of her likely mates; the husband of Gilman’s narrator isolates her from stimulation of any kind. Eventually, Emily is an unsocial trapped in a deprecated home, and the narrator in Gilman’s story is an illusion woman confined to her bedroom. These stories both entail numerous similarities in the setting of their house and theme of there is not a black and white when it comes to emotion. The setting of “the Yellow Wallpaper” is a colonial mansion. The narrator and her husband move into a house for the summer which the narrator says looks like, according to Gilman 274, “A colonial mansion, a hereditary estate.” The narrator likes the house and thinks is a good place to recover from her nervous condition. Her husband confines her to a bedroom so that her health will improve. She does not like this room. The bedroom she is confined to use to be a nursery, playroom, and gymnasium. The narrator’s nervous condition becomes worse to the point of insanity due to her isolation in the bedroom, which is covered with ugly, yellow wallpaper. Though the narrator suspects the house to be haunted as she wonders, according to Gilman 274, “…why should it be let so cheaply? And why have stood so long untenanted?” Most of the story, however, takes place inside of the house, in the room with the yellow wallpaper. In contrast, the setting in “A Rose for Emily” starts in the Civil War Era. The...
Cited: Faulkner, William, “A Rose for Emily.” Literature and Ourselves. Ed. I. Henderson, Gloria
Mason, II. Higgins, Anna, III. Day, William, IV. Waller, Sandra Stevenson. NYC, 2006
Gilman, Charlotte Perkins, “The Yellow Wallpaper.” Literature and Ourselves. Ed. I. Henderson,
Gloria Mason, II. Higgins, Anna, III. Day, William, IV. Waller, Sandra Stevenson. NYC, 2006
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