Symbols and Symbolism in The Yellow Wallpaper and A Rose for Emily
William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" and Charlotte Perkins Gilman's "The Yellow Wallpaper" hold numerous similarities. Both stories show the influences of society and the slow decay on a particular woman. The title of each piece becomes important to the plot and ultimate outcome. In several ways, each title takes shape to portray symbolism in one sense or another. The references to color identify contradictory messages to those who have not heard of these stories, while the title itself takes physical form and is "living" at some point in the piece.
When first assigned to read "The Yellow Wallpaper," a student may think of a bright, cheerful paper covered …show more content…
The physical and color symbolisms in "A Rose for Emily" are not as obvious, but just as strong as in "The Yellow Wallpaper." A first impression, simply from the story's title, implies a piece about a gift of a rose from a young woman's beau or, perhaps, from another loved one. Upon first glance, no one would suspect that the "rose" Emily dried was not a flower, but, in fact, a fleshless body of a man; it is in this way that the title takes physical form. In a morbid way, the corpse serves the same purpose as a dried rose. It is a prize secretly preserved within a "room decked and furnished as for a bridal" (Polk 22).