Miss Emily And Miss Brill Comparison Essay

The Female Role in A Rose for Emily, Miss Brill, and The Storm

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Reading literature, at first, might seem like simple stories. However, in works like William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily,” Katherine Mansfield's “Miss Brill,” and Kate Chopin's “The Storm,” the female protagonists are examples of how society has oppressive expectations of women simply because of their gender. In “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, the story starts out with a distinctive split between the motivations of men and women: “The men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity” (Faulkner 121). At the funeral of Emily, the narrator appoints men in the category of attending out of respect, and women attending simply because they are curious and nosy. The immediate…show more content…

The town tolerates a human being's death “in order to preserve themselves from the task of investigating a word, 'lady,' a woman, 'Miss Emily'” (Curry). Any objection would undermine the entire meaning of being a lady. Emily ultimately gets away with murder because she is a woman. An important aspect in “A Rose for Emily” is the narrator's gender is left a mystery; this allows the reader to openly interpret the story from a different aspect, more specifically, through the mind of a feminist. Emily is subtly portrayed as an admirable woman who defies society's expectations of gender roles. Faulkner's use of the nosy women and the respectful men at the funeral, without further inquiry, may seem like it is in favor of a patriarchal society. However, Faulkner's main goal was to encourage the reader to understand that a woman, Emily, was capable of controlling her own behavior without society's influence. In order to better understand how society's expectations of women are incorporated in “The Storm,” it is important to understand author Kate Chopin's protest. Chopin's writings gave the “potential to unhinge patriarchal discourse” (Cutter) by giving women a voice. Her earlier works focused on passive women who were unheard and oppressed in a patriarchal society. Her later works show contrast by “moving towards a clearer understanding of how women most effectively can resist patriarchal suppression” (Cutter). As Chopin's career progressed, she gave

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Final Essay: Short Story Comparison/Contrast

In your final essay, analyze two short stories you have read this semester. Place the two stories side by side and reflect upon both their similarities and differences. As you strategize on how to write about the chosen stories, consider what elements personally interested you most. The very best comparison/contrast essays are tightly focused on a single thesis (see the example student paper by Michelle Ortiz in your text, page 1926). Ortiz’s paper looks at how two characters (Miss Brill and Miss Emily) adapt, over time, to their respective environments.

Where to start? Choose stories with something significant in common. A great place to formulate general thematic connections is the Index of Major Themes on page 2100 of your text. If there are no crucial similarities in the stories, your essay will most likely be awkward and valueless. Your chief decision will be to choose the correct stories to compare and contrast. Next, choose a focus. Keep in mind key aspects of fiction such as plot, character, setting, point of view, style and voice, symbolism, and literary maneuvers (be sure to use some of the “money words” you learned this semester). I am not only interested in the similarities and differences of major themes in each story. You might consider recognizing literary devices such as characterization, foreshadowing, simile, imagery, metaphor, personification, tone, etc. in your thesis if they apply. Do not feel you must address all or even some of these devices if your main thesis does not warrant it. 

Your essay must possess a solid thesis sentence. I will not look kindly on generalities, be specific (always) as you write in support of your main thesis. This statement should define your purpose and what examples you will use to illustrate that purpose. Be sure to use good transitions between paragraphs.

In your essay, you must exemplify solid writing skills. As your professor, I do not want to stumble over poor syntax, spelling, and punctuation. No contractions, please.

Divorce yourself from the material. Avoid the use of “I.” Pull away from yourself; write only about the work you analyze. Only spend the minimum time necessary on summary. Assume your reader (me) is well acquainted with each story you discuss.

Basic Parameters:

  1. Final Essay: Comparison and Contrast must be aminimum 900 words long.
  2. Double-spaced, 12-point Times New Roman font. No exceptions.
  3. You must include acorrectly formatted MLA style Works Cited page. Look on Moodle for the link to the Purdue Owl website which provides further help in this area. Writing tutors are trained in this area as well. Also, look back at the study sheet on prose citation I provided. GET THESE EASY POINTS!
  4. At least THREE reliable sources regarding the literary text must be used in writing this essay. This means your Works Cited page must have at least three entries (two of these entries will be the two stories you choose). I would like at least six good quotes in the body of your essay. At least one of the quotes must be from your third (outside) source.
  5. You may NOT quote from Wikipedia, Sparknotes, Shmoop, Cliffsnotes, etc.
  6. Give this essay a title. Follow the format of the sample essay on pages 1926-27 of your text.
  7. Consider visits to the professional writing tutors on the bottom level of Page Library.
  8. Do NOT plagiarize. Any violation of this policy will result in discipline of at least a score of zero for this essay, and possibly an immediate failure of the course.

An example thesis statement:

While Breece D’J Pancake’s short story “Time and Again” and Flannery O’Connor’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find” both underscore major themes of mayhem, murder, and violence, it becomes apparent through juxtaposition of memory and flashback that the perpetrators of unspeakable brutality in each story have very different motivations.

Do NOT put your essay into my mailbox, under my door, or give it to any person other than myself. You may not email this essay to me (please do not ask).

Your final essay represents a large portion of your overall grade. Set to work immediately. Make this one count.

Stories you've read up until this point that are eligible for this paper (pick 2):

"The Swimmer" - John Cheever,” “

“The Things They Carried" - Tim O'Brien

"How To Tell a True War Story" - Tim O'Brien

"The Gospel According to Mark" - Jorge Luis Borges

"A Very Old Man with Enormous Wings" - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

"The Judge's Wife" - Isabel Allende

"The Shunammite" - Ines Arredondo

"Last Evenings on Earth" - Roberto Bolano

"A Good Man is Hard to Find" - Flannery O'Connor

"Water Liars" - Barry Hannah

"Time and Again" - Breece D'J Pancake

"Sonny's Blues" - James Baldwin

"Miss Brill" - Katherine Mansfield

"A Haunted House" - Virginia Woolf

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