Character Comparision Between A Rose for Emily and The Yellow Wallpaper

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In both ''A Rose for Emily'' and '' The Yellow Wallpaper'' we can say through detailed visual imagery, strong personification, and overwhelming amount of metaphoric expressions,authors give us an extremely vivid mental picture of the characters and surroundings. Having a solid image of these surroundings helps us better understand what the characters in the story are going through.

William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," is about a woman who became insane by her father, who this condition kills her last suitor, Homer Baron. Initially she was young and was a slender figure in white, contrasted with her father. The Grierson house, was white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies, becomes a further representation of her diminished state, as she transitions toward insanity. In its best times, the house was big, squarish and located on Jefferson's most selected street. Viewing the house from this perspective gives the reader the impression that the house was not only very solid, but also larger than life, and gothic in nature.

Emily was also perceived in the same manner. After her father's death she began to deteriorate, and looked like a girl with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows sort of tragic and serene, indicating her increasingly weakened image as a step towards insanity. The house also comes to reflect Emily's decay as it obtains a stubborn and coquettish appearance. The inside of the house, which comes to represent Emily's mental state, as well as her inner thoughts, also smelled of dust and disuse.

In both stories,authors use the gothic elements of the house in which the main character resides in order to mirror traits of her role.In the story "The Yellow Wallpaper", the residence that the husband rents for the...