EmilyI should write a thesis statement to compare Emily for "a rose for Emily" and Quasimodo of "the Hunchback of Notre Dame". I should talk about what are the same problem for them to face, but...

Emily

I should write a thesis statement to compare Emily for "a rose for Emily" and Quasimodo of "the Hunchback of Notre Dame". I should talk about what are the same problem for them to face, but what are the different about the problem. Also include the reason. However,I don't have any idea.How should I start?

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mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both Emily and Quasimodo are both victims of stereotyping.  Emily is "a fallen monument, a tradition, a duty, and a hereditary obligation," perceived while because of his deformity and deafness, Quasimodo is considered a fool and is ridiculed. 

Besides the fixed attitude toward the two characters, people also subject Emily and Quasimodo to ostracization. Thus, they both live lonely existences.  So when they find someone to love, they rush to this person, directing all their deprived emotions toward this person. Of course, both Emily and Quasimoto live tragic lives as a result of their social deprivation.

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would begin by making a list of the problems each faces and looking for similarities.  You might want to make a Venn Diagram.  The choose a common trait.  For example, both are outsiders.  You could describe the problems they face as sorts of outsiders, even though they are outsiders in very different ways.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

These characters are similar, as has been discussed. But they are also critically different. Emily does not need to call upon courage. Though she is objectified, she is not shunned. She chooses her exile, without need for bravery, holding onto what she thinks of as honor.

belarafon eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Think about their chosen living locations. Emily secludes herself in a vast mansion on a hill, while Quasimodo lives in a bell tower. Neither has much interaction with other people, but for different reasons. Emily doesn't want to interact, while Quasimodo is shunned.

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