Control And Manipulation In A Rose For Emily And The Yellow Wallpaper

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In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily and Charlotte Perkins Gilman’s “The Yellow Wallpaper, the two main characters exhibit behavior that some readers may consider unusual or even totally crazy. These two women are having a difficult time adjusting to the many changes taking place around them. In the midst of these changes, they face the struggles of being women such as post partum depression and love and rejection from men. Such problems become so overbearing that each woman ends up in their own delusional world which in turn, leads to their isolation and insanity. Gender issues, love, hate, insanity and isolation, are thematic connections in both stories and are important components of how each woman functions throughout the story and how each character fares in the end.
In “The Yellow Wallpaper”, the woman, whose name we never learn, is being treated by her doctor husband for a condition that he simply describes as “temporary nervous depression” (Gilman, 313). She is placed in a room in which she is to have no stimulation in order to rest, also known as the “rest cure”. During this time, the woman’s husband treats her more as a child than as an equal which is evident in how he speaks to her. When the woman gets out of bed to investigate the wallpaper in the room, her husband says, “What is it, little girl? Don’t go walking about like that-you’ll get a cold” (319). His choice of words of calling her a “little girl” belittles the woman and amplifies her feelings of being isolated, not only physically, but emotionally. Since her husband is away most of the time and leaves her in confinement, the woman immerses herself into studying the wallpaper “[following] the pattern about by the hour” (317). She follows all the twist and...

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