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The theme of female oppression and psychological impact of it are frequently seen in literature In the short stories The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman and A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner female oppression plays a major role in the out come of Emily and the unnamed woman in the Yellow Wallpaper The oppression causes both of the women to become psychologically unstable and are therefore looked down upon by society When a person becomes unstable they are unfit to make their own decisions and are unable to judge right from wrong Prior to the twentieth century men assigned womens roles Although men determining womens behavior affected all women mainly middle class women suffered Men created an ideological prison that subjected and silenced women Women were imprisoned in the home much like a servant tending to the needs of the family A reader may see that this idea is prevalent in both the Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily To an outsider it might have appeared that Miss Emily grew up in the lap of luxury However it was a sad lonely existence for her father ruled Emilys life turning away every man the young girl had he felt no one was good enough for her So the first thing Emily did after her fathers death was to try and find a boyfriend The man she met was named Homer Barron Emily and Homer would go out driving together Today our first assumption would be that he was her lover but this was the small-town South and another time The townspeople assumed she had gotten married to Homer Homers role was simply that of a companion filling a vacancy at Emilys side But when Emily learned Homer was gay she realized his presence would cause her to be pitied and laughed at This she could not happen so he had to go So Emily went to her local pharmacy and purchased arsenic
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