A Rose For Emily, by William Faulkner

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Both of the stories that will be compared in this paper, William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Mary Shelley's Frankenstein, are very demented novels that contain central premises very estranged to most readers. Though Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is a short story, the depth and description contained inside its brief text give it the ability to be compared to a novel such as Frankenstein; primarily it's ability to explain the factors relating to Miss Emily's obsession for keeping her loved ones around after they have deceased. Similarly, in Shelley's Frankenstein, the evil and murderous nature of the beast created by Victor Frankenstein is well described in many angles and shows the prevalent need for the monster to make Victors life as unbearable and lonely as his has been since his creation and immediate expulsion by Victor. So throughout this paper I plan to show the similarities in description and style of writing of these two pieces of literature, even though they differ in length so greatly.

Both plots contain elements that shock and amaze the reader by introducing them to ideas not normally seen in most novels. The dark nature in both stories can be startling, but are the central components and are used to make for a more interesting and intriguing story for the reader. Though a horror story is more common in this day and age, a story to the effect of Frankenstein was unheard of in 1818 when the book was written. Both novels have a powerful effect on the mind and imagination of the reader. In Frankenstein before the creation Shelley says, "Who shall conceive the horrors of my secret toil as I dabbled among the unhallowed damps of the grave or tortured the living animal to animate the lifeless clay?"(p. 53) This line ...

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...of non-viable or unbelievable characters is an illustration of this point along with many other aspects such as the bizarre subject matter and the cryptic settings. The grotesque methods of her writing also emphasize these romantic traits and further enhance the details of this skillfully manufactured novel. The lack of these elements in "A Rose for Emily" is partly due to the length and subject matter that is discussed. It is difficult to fit in the intricacies as used in Frankenstein in such a small amount of space and there for leaves the novel comparable in content and allusions, but affects its ability to introduce the kind depth and content associated with Frankenstein. Both novels are great examples of superb literary mastery and should be viewed as such, while also recognizing the differences in the time in which they were written and the length accordingly.
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