Comparison of William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's The Yellow Wallpaper

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The two short stories “ A Rose for Emily” and “The Yellow Wallpaper” are two very similar but at the same time very different. The main characters Emily Grierson, from William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily", and the narrator, from Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wall-Paper," are both in the same boat that many women were placed in the late 1800’s and the early 1900’s. Both of these two stories were written in a generation that women were looked downed upon and made to feel less important than males. I feel these two stores are similar in terms of where women stood in society at that time and how society affected emotional downfalls in both of these main characters. These women are both the protagonists of each of those two stories who both go from being extremely depressed and lonely to absolutely insane. However, these stories are written in totally different point of views which creates two totally different outlooks. “A rose for Emily “is written in third person while “Yellow Wallpaper” is written in first person. Also, the characters are different in terms of that they have two completely different personalities. The two authors ideas in both of these stories focus on how women are looked down upon in different situations and generations in society at that time of history. The “Yellow Wallpaper” is written in first person, which kind of gives it a personal dairy feel into the characters mindset that is suffering from post-partum depression but the main
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