The Story Of An Hour And A Rose For Emily Literary Analysis

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Kate Chopin's "The Story of an Hour" and William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily" tells the story of women who face isolation and struggle with their own terms of freedom upon the death of a male figure in their life. Louise and Emily come from different time periods, backgrounds, and have different experiences, yet both share commonality in that they have let themselves be affected by the unrealistic expectations placed on them as traditional ladies. Both of these characters are commonly misconstrued as unsympathetic, neurotic women. In discovering the dismal outcomes held for these women, it is evident within both of these stories that the destructive nature of self-repression is embodied in the primary characters. In "A Rose for Emily", it…show more content…
Dilworth states the narrator is almost an accomplice to the crime that Emily commits. The town's strife to keep Emily an idealized representative of southern women, and thus ignores the many obvious signs of murder. This is shown through the purchase of arsenic, that is acquired without the required explanation, and the investigator who knows the stench is not from Emily herself, but vehemently denies this truth to uphold the image of her as a lady. It is through the dismissal of these actions as simply coming from a hysterical woman, that Emily is allowed to delve deeper into her destructive nature. Louise's identity is defined by her epiphany, while Emily, who never breaks free from her restrictions, continues to be confined to the identity placed upon her from the community. Louise’s name is not discovered until after her discovery of freedom, up to this point she had been only referred to as her married name. This is significant because it shows how both authors show how deeply these women rooted their identities in their repression during these times. They are both confined to the image of their own household. Emily’s house is symbolic, the town people can only see her from outside her house, which is representative of her family’s legacy which she, herself is only perceived by as well. “Only Miss Emily’s house was left,

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