The Yellow Wallpaper Comparison Essay

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In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper,” both talk about how two women are undergoing the same emotional circumstances. Both short stories express the physical and emotional pain each character experiences every day. Both characters find themselves in lives which are so brutal that it becomes intolerable. They both share common ground, they are strongly overpowered by men and are not permitted their own opinions. Both stories possess many similarities, but also have their own differences. In Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Emily was restricted by her father, whom she always lived with. She was never married because her father believe none of them were good enough for Emily. After his death,…show more content…
They both went crazy because of isolation from men overpower. Both protagonists seem to always be stuck in the house, and if not, rarely every come out. Both stories has a significant symbolism of the house and the setting was around the same period, the late 1800s. In “A Rose for Emily,” the house is only described from the outside, since the narrators were the townspeople, which symbolized Emily’s isolation. She wanted a house where she could have freedom, but instead, it was practically a prison. But in “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the house symbolizes her emotions or mental state, restricted and isolated. In “A Rose for Emily,” the narrator was told in first person. The narrators was assumed to be the townspeople. Everything told to us is filtered through the narrators which could be biased. Most of what was said could be made up of gossips, various perspectives, and insider/outsider mentality. However, the narrator cared for Emily, honoring her like a monument. In “The Yellow Wallpaper,” the story was also told in first person, but by the protagonist. The narrator seems to be highly imaginative and expressive by the way she tells the story. As mentioned earlier, the narrator is ill, so therefore, what was told to us is what she sees through her

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