A Rose For Emily, By William Faulkner And The Yellow Wallpaper, By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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In the stories “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner, and “The Yellow Wallpaper” written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, talk about how two women are experiencing the same emotional situations they have to endure. Both of these stories express the emotional and physical trials the characters have to endure on an everyday basis. In the story “The Yellow Wallpaper” it shows a woman who is oppressed and is suffering from depression and loneliness. In “A Rose for Emily” it is showing the struggle of maintaining a tradition and struggling with depression. Both of the stories resemble uncontrollable changes and the struggles of acceptance the characters face during those changes.
In William Faulkner’s story Emily Grierson starts out as an imaginative, optimistic young lady who transforms into this murderous, secretive old woman. Faulkner views the society in his story as having a traditional and unbending mental attitude. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman creates this female character who supposedly has postpartum depression. Unlike in Faulkner’s story, Gilman deals with the society in a different way. In her novel one of the main factors is that the women’s rights were over ruled by oppression. The stories show the different emotions both characters face while being in a secluded area for a long period of time. In Gilman’s story she talks about a woman who is struggling with postpartum depression. The woman’s husband is a medical doctor and he wants to “fix” her sickness. He believes she can change by being in a secluded area. This means that he is going to take his wife somewhere quiet and secluded from the world to avoid any mental stress from the world. In the beginning of the story in part one the narrator says, “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town…” (Faulkner) which was stated at her funeral. Emily is considered to be one of the traditions that stay the same through the years, even though the town’s traditions are changing day by day. In “The Yellow Wallpaper” Gilman creates this female character who is said to have postpartum depression. Unlike Faulkner’s story, Gilman deals with society a different way in that time period. In her novel one of the main factors is how the rights for women were over ruled by oppression. In the beginning of the story the main elements of the narrator’s dilemma are present as mentioned in this quote, “If a physician of high standing and one’s own husband assures friends and relatives that there is really nothing the matter with one by temporary nervous depression—a slight hysterical tendency—what is one to do?...” (Gilman 10-12). In both of the stories the authors show how the two women are unable to have their own opinion or ideas because of the way other people think of them.
Authors have their own way or idea of expressing thoughts throughout their novels. Many novels can relate to one another from the stories ideas, themes, or problems...

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