"Rappaccini's Daughter" & "A Rose for Emily"How can you compare & contrast an element in the stories "A Rose for Emily" and "Rappaccini's Daughter?" I know they both were controlled by their...

"Rappaccini's Daughter" & "A Rose for Emily"

How can you compare & contrast an element in the stories "A Rose for Emily" and "Rappaccini's Daughter?"

I know they both were controlled by their fathers when it came to their love lives but handled them differently themselves (freewill) but I do not think there is enough backing that up to write an essay.

I also thought of Symbolism from both having an "odor" that had to do with love; one being poisioned and the other odor caused by a dead body but again I don't think there is enough....

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This seems like a great start to an introduction to me. You clearly make evident your thesis statement and explain to your reader how you are going to answer the question. So don't feel that it is 6th grade quality! I think the biggest advice I can give you is to make sure that you choose appropriate and relevant quotes from both stories to support your arguments. Make sure you introduce those quotes and then after including the quote, comment on how they are relevant to your argument and how they advance your ideas. This is the biggest area of development for nearly all students, so if you can do this, you should have it sorted! Good luck!

Lori Steinbach eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I have never thought to compare these two stories, but I like the possibilities in comparing the two fathers. Both of them are trying to preserve something: the last vestiges of the old South for Emily, and mortality for Beatrice. One father dies before he sees the consequences of his actions, but the end for both daughters is the same. Interesting idea!

howesk eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Personally, I think both of your ideas are sound. How long does your essay have to be?

I like your first idea better. You could compare their relationships with father figures, and contrast the way they handle their love lives on their own. You could also compare and contrast the daughters' views of love in general.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I agree with the above post.  Both ideas seem viable, and worth looking into more completely.  I like the odor idea...remember that you have to find textual references to back up whatever you say...you can find enough.  Both are very interesting topics, and I would enjoy reading your essay.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Consider the idea in both stories that the fathers, in having a part in the molding, so to speak, of their daughters, desire that they be superior. But, ironically, it is this setting of the daughters apart, the fathers have doomed them to unnatural lives.

shandac | Student

I have written an introduction but it seems like something a 6th grader would write lol... It's been years since I wrote a paper and writing has always been a bad subject for me so if anyone could please read this and edit it for me that would be greatly appreciated. More than one editing is welcome as well. I need as much help as possible. Thanks!

Throughout history fathers have been viewed as the patriarchal figure within many households however, they are not always best at teaching their children how to love properly; sometimes causing them to feel oppressed until a point within their lives that they are able to understand and exhibit freewill. Women tend to act on certain matters in life with their heart not their head making decisions emotional based especially when considering love. Both “Rappaccini’s Daughter,” and “A Rose for Emily,” demonstrates patriarchal dominance and different but similar restrictions placed on their lives. Even though they have both been exploited to their father’s control over their lives; Emily and Beatrice, views of love in general and how they handle their love lives individually differ.

shandac | Student

Good idea :0) Thank you.

It has to be 1,000 words and I am allowed to use 3 quotes however; if the are too long that do not count in the final word count for the essay.

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