The Yellow Wallpaper Questions and Answers
by Charlotte Perkins Gilman

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What are some comparison examples of insanity between Emily  in "A Rose for Emily" and the unnamed protagonist in "The Yellow Wallpaper?"

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The main characters of both Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" find themselves in worlds which are so repressive that they become unbearable.

  • Both women are strongly subjected to patriarchal rule and not allowed their own thoughts.

Emily Grierson has spent a lifetime in her father's house, where his portrait in a gilt frame sits firmly before the fireplace. Cloistered by her father in her youth, Emily has seen the suitors of her youth depart because her father felt that "none of them were quite good enough to Miss Emily and such"; yet, after he dies, she wears her father's gold watch and remains in the house, ever under the shadow of his patriarchy.

Similarly, Gilman's protagonist is also restricted in her life, sujugated to her husband under the feme covert laws and defining herself in his terms, as does Emily.  She constantly refers to what John tells her, what John does and does not want her to do. Like Emily, the narrator's self-identity is repressed by the...

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