The yellow wallpaper

Women must overcome the control of men in their lives no matter what the result could be. Two known authors that talks about this type of material is "The Yellow Wallpaper" by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner.

Although, both women may have had to deal with the fact of being controlled by men they had certain ways they both had to overcome the problem one way or another. In the story "A Rose for Emily" the protagonist is overwhelmed because of the fact of her father loves to be controlling over her. "Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door" () this is one example in some detail that her father was detail. Furthermore, there are certain parts coming from this quote that gives the audience a visualization or imagery that he is controlling by him clutching a horsewhip with his back to his daughter. The protagonist has to face problems of a controlling man in her life in the story "The Yellow Wallpaper" as well. In comparison to "A Rose for Emily" the woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" hides her shame of what is going on with wallpaper. "All the trying to climb through that pattern it strangles so; I think that is why it has so many heads"(Gilman, 2001) is a quote in the text that shows a symbol of the woman's problem and cannot get out of her "cage" because her husband remains to keep her suppressed.

In comparison both authors have certain ways that they show that they are being controlled by men in their lives. "The Yellow Wallpaper" has an example by letting her husband treat her like a child. Emily's house description as a "big, squarish house, that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies" (p.526) shows that Emily has been controlled because nothing has been changed. This quote eventually symbolizes who the true Emily later herself is.

Nevertheless even though both women have been controlled throughout sometime they did have some control over themselves. For an example being when Emily would be when she talks about loving whoever she wants, and not paying her taxes. The conflict involves Emily herself and another character. The conflict in this story is known to be character vs. character. She has a conflict with her dad being so controlling over her. Even though she may have a conflict with another character in the story she copes with it on her own. The woman in "The Yellow Wallpaper" in comparison to the same as the other story is faced with the same conflict. The conflict is character vs. character. The woman is having conflict with another character in the story that is her husband because he does not understand that something really is wrong with her and keeps denying the truth. The outcome for both women has a conflict they may have faced, but overcome it within the conflict of others.

Although, the woman may have a sickness she really does not know about it and must undergo proper treatment (SparkNote Editors, 2009). Evidence that shows this is when "John is to stay over night" (p.739) shows that the woman could possibly be staying somewhere else other than home. On the other hand Emily is destroyed by death, but before she dies she tries to kill Homer Barron. Before she dies she cannot face the truth anymore.

In the story "A Rose for Emily" when the story talks about people watching Emily through her windows or glimpse through her doorway shows that she is depressed and not many people see her unless she gets out of her house (Faulkner, 1931). Emily was never known to come out of her house much until a funeral or such. She stayed indoors and did not do much at all. In comparison the woman did not get out much. She always talked about the yellow wallpaper which is a symbol to her sickness. She always talked of her husband not believing her when she spoke of certain things and crying for no apparent reason. This is an example that she was either depressed or had something wrong that could not be cured without proper medical treatment (Gilman, 1892).

In contrast both stories are told from different points of view. One of the point of views for one of them is first person means the character themselves is telling the story and the other is told in third person. An example of it being told in first person point of view comes from Emily "I would say a haunted house and reach the helight of romantic felicity -but that would be asking too much of fate," this quote from the story shows that it is wrote in first person by the word." The word I gives away here that it is told in first person from the author themselves.

In conclusion, both women may have had their share of problems, but found a way to face them. We can all learn from examples carried out in these stories and live by them if we have a loved one who suffers with certain illnesses involved and know how to cope with them.


  • Faulkner, William. (1931). A rose for emily. In R. Abcarian and M. Klotz (Eds.). Literature: The human experience (9th ed.) (pp. 526-533). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.
  • Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. (1892). The yellow wallpaper. In R. Abcarian and M. Klotz (Eds.). Literature: The human experience (9th ed.) (pp. 729-741). Boston: Bedford/St. Martin's.
  • Perkins Gilman, C. (2001). The Yellow Wallpaper. Literary Cavalcade, 53(8), 14. Retrieved from Professional Development Collection database.
  • SparkNotes Editors. (2007). SparkNote on A Rose for Emily. Retrieved December 19, 2009, from
  • SparkNotes Editors. (2006). SparkNote on the Yellow Wallpaper. Retrieved December 19, 2009, from

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