Insanity in The Yellow WallPaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Comparing “The Yellow Wall- Paper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner I picked two short stories that I would like to compare and contrast in this essay. The first story is called “The Yellow Wall- Paper” and was written by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. The second story I chose is called “A Rose for Emily” and was written by William Faulkner. Both of these stories are about women who have serious mental problems. These stories are similar in that aspect, but there are also some differences. In this essay, I will compare and contrast these two short stories and determine which one best illustrates insanity. The first thing that I noticed about these stories was that they were purely fictional. I also noticed that they both had a weird twist. “A Rose for Emily” is about a woman who kills her lover and hides him in her home: The man himself lay in the bed. For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin. The body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlast love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him. In “The Yellow Wall-Paper” the woman starts out normal and gradually sinks into depression. Her depression gets so bad that she begins to see objects in her wall paper: We have been here two weeks, and I haven’t felt like writing before, since that first day. ...
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