Male Dominance in Both Books, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

Male Dominance in Both Books, The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Male dominance is something that is showed in both stories “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “A Rose for Emily”. Both the women in these stories feel they can’t be complete without a dominant male role in their life or that it was forced upon them. However, they both find a way out of this over powering rule through insanity, as some people see it. In the time the stories were based and written, women were not supposed to be sophisticated or intelligent, and were over taken by their emotions. The men believed all that women were good for was housekeeping and taking care of children. In “the Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator is over ruled by her physician of a husband who believes that isolation is the best cure for her post pardon depression. While in “a Rose for Emily” Emily’s father was her main influence in life and when he died she went into denial and didn’t know what to do with her life. Both the women struggle with how to gain their independence back, but find their freedom through a way of insanity.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper” the narrator describes things in the room, which in way, is a symbol of male dominance in the story. The main symbolism in the story is the wallpaper. For example the horrid yellow that is on the walls represents her “illness” or depression issues diagnosed by her husband. However, the vulgar yellow wallpaper pattern shows the restrictions the narrator believed she was enforced too. During her time in the room the narrator creates an imaginative woman inside the wallpaper representing her and other women in society who are also trapped by the male-centric society. The woman in the wallpaper is trapped behind bars and shakes them violently as the narrator explains to escape from them.
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...r” and “A Rose for Emily”. The differences today allow women to have careers and hold positions of great power. There are more options for women to find help and assistance. Modern medicine gives people the ability to overcome many psychological issues that were nearly untreatable only a few decades ago. These modern advances have changed the way we look at mental illness and allows for greater treatment options that in the past. Situations that occurred in “The Yellow Wallpaper” and “A Rose for Emily” would not be as likely to happen today, thanks to the advancements in science and medicine. Mental health issues not diagnosed or treated can still result in terrible results for both men and women, which is evident by watching the news today. Continued education can help increase awareness needed to identify and treat mental illnesses that affect women today.

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