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The image of women in the Eightieth
Thanh H. Mai
Professor: Patricia A. Stefanovic
The image of women in the Eightieth
The environment is having a very big effect to people surrounded by it. The way parents treated their child will have a direct influent on whom and what they want to become in the future. The relations of people to a person might lead that person to their ruin. From “A Rose For Emily” and “The Yellow Wallpaper”, we can see very clearly the evident that lead these women to their tragic ending. In “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner, a noble woman being isolated from people in her town and because of loneliness she end up insane and have a tragic life. Also in “The Yellow Wallpaper” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman, the narrator is being restricted to all her favorite things and that leads her to insanity. These two women have one thing in common: they were forced to insanity by the people surrounded them.
In “A Rose For Emily”, the main factor that leads to the change of Emily’s mental and physical is: the isolation of the people of the town. Before Emily was considering one of the best looking people in town: “None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such.” (page 486); now Emily looks more like a drowned body: “She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water” (page 485) Due to the fact that Emily lived in a big house and had a colored servant, it made the people in town think that Emily is not one of them and thus it’s easier for them to put her aside and ignore her. In addition because of her father’s ideas, she always thought she was someone special better than the rest of the rest of the people in town, and that is the reason why she never got married. Thus her father is the only one that can take care and protect her.
There are two people that have the most influenced to Emily’s life were her father and her lover. Her father raised her as a real “lady” and he thought noone will be good enough for her so he chased away all the people that came and asked for Emily. Her first appearance of insanity when her father died, since he was the only one that closed to her so she refused to accept that he’s dead: “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body.” (page 486) Later when Emily met Homer Barron, “a Yankee – a big, dark, ready man, with a big voice and eyes lighter than his face.” (page 487), she fell in love with him. However, people thought that it is a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people because they Emily was a Southerner while Homer was a Northerner and also a laborer: “Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer.” (page 487) Because of all the rejecting from the people in town and her relatives that pushed her to the edge and into insanity, Emily did what she could to stay with her lover even kill him.
After the dead of her lover, Emily closed up her door and isolated herself from people in town and the people didn’t care about that because they knew it will happen to her soon or later: “Then we knew that this was to be expected too,” (page 489) The only thing that made the whole town remember and knew if she alive was the payment of her taxes. Other than that noone in town really knew that Emily was sick until the day she died: “We did not even know she was sick; we had long since given up try
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