Literary History, Interpretation, and Analysis Task 4

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Literary History, Interpretation, and Analysis Task 4 Introduction Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “Yellow Wallpaper” and William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily are short stories that both tell about the life of a woman that suffers from depression and eventually goes to being insane. There are similarities and differences that both stories share. The main character of Faulkner’s story was controlled by her father who ran off any boy that tried to get close to her which left her to be alone and unmarried. This caused the townspeople to feel pity towards her. The main character and narrator of Gilman’s story was forced by her husband to stay in a room upstairs where she started to show many delusional signs and eventually went insane. In both of these short stories many similarities and differences are portrayed in the plot, characterization and symbolism. The main element that both women share is they were both controlled by a man to the point where they went insane. Both “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, and “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, have protagonists who are victims of both society and their family. Summary of works In the short story “A Rose for Emily’ the author uses many elements to show the impact towards the changes into modernity on rural culture and its identity, racism, gothic pervision, family history, family feuds, and family legacies. He shows how things are changing within the town even though Miss Emily refuses to change with it. “Faulkner cites the trapping of modern industrial life – garages, cotton gins, wagons, gasoline pumps, tax bills, paved sidewalks – and they have “encroached” upon the neighborhood and its “august names”(Esch, par.3). Miss Emily reacts to these changes by secluding herself into her home. This does not happen at one time but, rather in stages. First, after the death of her father, she

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