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A Comparison Of Women's Role Characters In Two Novels

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A society that is surrounded with male dominated characters is the primary causes of the way these two women turn out to become later in life. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper” the attendance of the female lead is the chosen point of how much a male dominated person can turn a woman’s mind towards insanity. The two stories that are chosen to demonstrate the causes a male dominant character can have towards a love one can completely destroy the mental and physical stability a woman has. In “A Rose for Emily” there is the main character that experiences a chronic shock over the loss of her father and tries to find a replacement for ...view middle of the document...

The commanding and controlling man that Mr. Grierson was, he was completely devoted to his daughter but was very overwhelming towards anyone trying to get close and was controlling who came near Emily. When her father dies Emily is lost to the world and does not want to give in to the freedom that she feels so she keeps her father’s body. She can no longer let go of her past and she tries to hold onto the only thing that she knows. “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body” (Faulkner 34). Her attitudes towards the men around her was attributed to how her father screaming and threatening every man that would come near. Therefore, she isolates herself from others because she is used to being controlled by the one and only man in her life, her father. Emily is never seen and never speaks a word unless spoken to. The town she lives in knows of her but does not really want her around. The town feels that everything should change and Emily should change along with it. Now that she is alone with nothing but her home and Toby to keep her company she is now taking control of her life but to the extreme of taking control of another.
There are accounts where Emily has obsessions with the people she loves and trying to control the outcome of the new man that comes into her life, Homer Barron. She is seen around town finally being courted by a man after her father’s death and everyone in town is proud in a way but is protective and controlling of Miss Emily Grierson. “At first we were glad that Miss Emily would have an interest, because the ladies all said, ‘Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer.’ But there were still others, older people, who said that even grief could not cause a real lady to forget noblesse oblige—without calling it noblesse oblige” (Faulkner 34). There is still the obsession that the townspeople have over Emily’s high standing in the community, in which is taken into account. Towards this obsession the townspeople tells that she could never find any love, companionship, and an equal standing with this Homer Barron, nothing that a man of his standing could dare to be with Miss Emily Grierson. The obsession the town holds is that the she is a living monument and should never be doing activities that would ruin her reputation. Emily does not really care of what the town thinks she cares only with the obsession that she seems to have with the man that is courting her. She feels that since a man has finally came to be with her she can finally have a life of her own but it would seem that Homer does not want her but prepares to be a playboy for the rest of her life. She has the obsession over what the outcome of his life will be. She could not bear to have another person leave her life; there is no possible thought of her leaving what she has become to know. If she...

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