Compare And Contrast Essay

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The story “Use” written by Alice Walker is set in the southern state of Georgia in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. Alice walker is known for writing stories about women who are portrayed as victims, and stories that have unhappy endings. Use stood out from Walkers other stories because her protagonist had such confidence and stood up for her family’s legacy against her own daughter, who views herself as one who above her family and her past. In the short story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner, the story depicts a character, Emily, who went through a major struggle in her life, and had a hard time finding her place in the world, as in the rest of his stories. The story is set ...view middle of the document...

Emily is considered a member is high society. After her father dies and left her without money the people of the town then felt as though they can pity her or that she is one of them; however she continued to carry herself as a member of high society. Emily has a black servant who gardens and cooks and doesn’t have much of a role in her life. A short time after her father died Homer Barron was introduced into her life; they are seen going on carriage rides on Sunday’s. Emily goes to buy Arsenic one day to kill “rats” and the town thinks she is going to kill herself, but in the end she poisoned Homer so he wouldn’t leave her like her father did. She then closed herself in her house and sheltered herself from the outside world until she died.
“A Rose for Emily” showed how even as much as she tried Emily didn’t know how to survive or adjust to the world around her, because of her upbringing. Emily had to hold on things because she feared they would leave her, because growing up she was so sheltered. “…she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.” After her father died she didn’t know how to let go or react even after how he treated her all her life. “…her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door.” She even denied his death for days after he died, “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.” Emily lashed out and clung on to what she knew.
Alice Walker also portrayed a sheltered character in the story “Use”. Maggie was a very sheltered character in the story. Maggie was sheltered and shy because of her burns and self-confidence. “…she will stand hopelessly in corners, homely and ashamed of the burn scars down her arms and legs, eying her sister with a mixture of envy and awe.” Maggie always sought approval from her mother, because she thought her mother thought so much more of her sister, Dee. “‘How do I look, Mama?’ Maggie says, showing just enough of her thin body enveloped in pink skirt and red blouse for me to know she's there, almost hidden by the door.” Maggie’s sheltered life didn’t lead her to lash out and be vengeful, like Emily in “A Rose for Emily”, Maggie’s sheltered life lead her to observe and to learn how she didn’t want to be. Maggie learned how to be kind and giving. “Sometimes Maggie reads to me. She stumbles along good naturedly but can't see well. She knows she is not bright.” “‘She can have them, Mama,’ she said, like somebody used to never winning anything, or having anything reserved for her. ‘I can 'member Grandma Dee without the quilts.’”
Though both “Use” and “A Rose for Emily” were set in the South they were two very different settings in two very different times. “Use” is set in Georgia in the 1960’s or 1970’s in a barren house on a pasture. “It is three...

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