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Yellow Roses In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Yellow Wallpaper by Charlotte Perkins Gilman the two main characters of these stories display behavior that some readers may consider crazy What is their problem you ask Could it be cultural Maybe even personal Or might it even be a dilemma within them Well it could be any one Because of both stories historical settings which are taking place in the late 1800s these women are having hard times facing the changes that are occurring around them In William Faulkners A Rose for Emily the character a Miss Emily Grierson has trouble dealing with the transition of the Old South to the New South It drives her to the point where she totally secludes herself from her community Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper the character Jane is a delusional mental patient with a doctor for a husband who uses gender as manipulation for her treatment In my opinion I feel it is the people surrounding them that is causing these women to exhibit this crazy behavior The supporting characters bring a sense of drama to the settings by prejudging and coercing Miss Emily and Jane to a point where they become mentally unstable Miss Emily is a product of her social environment where things are changing but she does not Her family name held great distinction in the town of Jefferson Because of her fathers high class name he was very old fashioned especially when it
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