Comparison Of The Yellow Wallpaper And A Rose For Emily By Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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“To jump out of the window would be admirable exercise, but the bars are too strong even to try,” (Gilman). There are an extraordinary amount of stories written about women that go insane for certain reasons. Two of those stories are, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Both stories are about women who are driven insane by situations that are happening in their lives; both women turn to isolation for different reasonings. Both A Rose for Emily by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner show similarities and differences with dysfunctional lives.

Both stories were written different years, but both are written about women in the same era. When women went against the norm during the era the stories were written in they were often looked down on. Especially, Emily, who never married and because she was never married she was constantly judged by the women and men in her city. During that time it was odd for women not to be married. Emily eventually found someone, but it was known that he was a homosexual. The narrator in The Yellow Wallpaper was told what not to do by her husband and his sister. She was forced to write in secret, for
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The main character Emily in A Rose for Emily is always the main topic in conversations between the women in the story. The women believe it to be odd that she isn’t married for her age, When she does find someone to be with the women judge her because of rumors that her partner is a homosexual. The narrator of The Yellow Wallpaper is always judged by her husband 's sister. She is judged for different reasons than Emily, she is treated badly for this “illness” she supposedly has. The sister makes sure to watch the narrator to make sure she doesn’t write or do anything that will make her illness

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