Comparison And Contrast Of 'the Yellow Wallpaper" And "A Rose For Emily"

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Introduction"A Rose for Emily", is a story written by William Faulkner, who wrote many stories which include Sartoris, The Sound and the Fury, and As I Lay Dying (DLB, 1991). In "A Rose for Emily", the reader sees a woman, Emily Grierson, who lives a life of loneliness, and how her attitude changes with this loneliness. Emily Grierson's loneliness can be attributed to three main factors: her father, her secluded lifestyle, and Homer Barron's rejection.Charlotte Perkins Gilman wrote a story named "The Yellow Wallpaper". It is a story of a woman who becomes insane by wallpaper in the room. After becoming mother of a child, she was diagnosed hysteria. The woman filled in her mind the yellow ...view middle of the document...

After her father's death, Emily was left without wealth, except for the house. After her father's death she began to deteriorate, and looked like a girl with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows - sort of tragic and serene, indicating her increasingly weakened image as a step towards insanity. The house also comes to reflect Emily's decay as it obtains a stubborn and coquettish appearance. The inside of the house, which comes to represent Emily's mental state, as well as her inner thoughts, also smelled of dust and disuse. (William Faulkner, 2003)Much like Faulkner, Gillman uses the Gothic elements of the house in which the protagonist resides in order to mirror traits of her persona. Gillman used many Gothic elements in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper". The residence that the husband rents for the summer as well as the immediate surroundings is presented right from the beginning of the story. It is a secluded located place three miles from the village; this location represents an isolated environment. Because it was a colonial mansion, it obtains a gothic style as if it is haunted by ghosts. The haunted house contains a delicious garden, velvet meadows, old-fashioned flowers, and bushes and trees that come from broken green houses and overgrown roses suggest a dark green brown look. The garden has deep-shaded arbores, which are also gothic elements. The unclean yellow of the wallpaper is strangely faded by the slow-turning sunlight; it is a repellent, almost revolting yellow, and a dull yet lurid orange. The rings on the walls, the barred windows, and the nailed down bed all further support this dark atmosphere that persists in throughout story. (Howells, 1920)Additionally, these elements are used to represent and symbolize the character's mental condition as she is undergoing this ill-treatment by her husband. Jane becomes obsessed with the yellow wallpaper that is present in her room. It becomes a reflection of her mental state, becoming more complex and twisted as her condition worsens. "This paper looks to me as if it knew what a vicious influence it had...the pattern lolls like a broken neck and two bulbous eyes stare at you upside down," in which Jane could be talking about herself, her influence and strength that is not seen and suppressed making it look like a hideous creature. Furthermore we see a reoccurring gothic image of broken necks and hanging heads, common in people who are hung. These Images of hanging people, which could indicated suicidal tendencies in Jane come up more often as her condition worsens. "They suddenly commit suicide-plunge off at outrageous angles, destroy themselves."Miss Emily is so lonely is because of Homer Barron's rejection. When Homer Barron, a construction company foreman, enters the scene, the townspeople notice that he and Emily begin spending a great amount of time together. They say things such as "She will marry him", "They are married", and "She will persuade him yet"....

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