Comparing Stories (1) It appears that short stories A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov, share many structural elements, despite the fact that events, described in these stories, take place in different countries, within different timeframe. In A Rose for Emily, it is only at the end of the story that we get to realize a true significances of plots properties. Storys main character, Emily Grierson is being shown to us through different stages of her descend into the madness, when it remains hard for the readers to figure out the possible consequences of her existential abnormality, up until they read closing lines: The man himself lay in the bed. For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin (Faulkner).
Thus, we can say that the plot of Faulners story incorporates following components: exposition, complication, climax and resolution. The plot of Chechovs story is similar, within a context of its structural elements. Readers are being kept in suspense to the very last, while reading about the love affair that takes place between Gurov and Anna. Unlike A Rose for Emily, Chekhovs story does not resolve itself at the end; however, it sets preconditions for the elimination of narrative tensions, by the time we finish reading the story: It seemed as though in a little while the solution would be found, and then a new and splendid life would begin; and it was clear to both of them that they had still a long, long road before them (Chekhov).
... and events in their work. In the short story, A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner uses symbolic elements to define and characterize ... Miss Emily Grierson. William Faulkners peculiar story, A Rose for Emily, portrays an insane young woman, Emily Grierson, who is isolated ... later she is obese and bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water with eyes lost in the fatty ...
The main characters in both stories appear to be in the state of constant transition. Chekhovs Anna and Gurov pursue with their love affair, while slowly beginning to understand that it changes their outlook on life. Something that started out as recreational romance, gradually acquires dramatic properties, as characters begin to realize that it was not merely a coincidence that they had met: It was clear to both of them that they had still a long, long road before them, and that the most complicated and difficult part of it was only just beginning (Chekhov).
The character of Emily, on Faulkners story, is also a very dynamic, even though she does not do or say much. However, every time she talks to her neighbors, they notice that Emilys appearance continues to deteriorate When we next saw Miss Emily, she had grown fat and her hair was turning gray. During the next few years it grew grayer and grayer until it attained an even pepper-and-salt iron-gray, when it ceased turning (Faulkner).
Only at the end of Faulkners story, we get to learn that Emilys physical deterioration actually reflected her mind being slowly deprived of its ability to recognize surrounding reality for what it really is. (2) The settings, associated with both stories, are meant to affect readers state of mind, in order to make it easier for them to understand the essence of authors ideas, they strived to express. Readers get to have a subconscious feeling that something is utterly wrong about Emilys way of life, right after they begin reading A Rose for Emily. It is as if her house was a living thing itself, refusing to be gone with the wind and serving as physical sublimation of undeadness: Miss Emilys house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores (Faulkner).
Author wanted readers to be mentally prepared for the ghastly outcome of the story and he uses storys setting to provide us with the insight on the essence of Emilys madness. The settings in Chekhovs The Lady with the Pet Dog also serve to give readers a better understanding of storys context.
By the time, Gurov meets Anna, the weather seem to correspond to the quickness and illusiveness of casual romance: It was sultry indoors, while in the street the wind whirled the dust round and round, and blew peoples hats off (Chekhov).
... Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, the author uses the element of time and history to tell the story of Emily Grierson. Emily attempts ... and interpret Emilys life. He also manipulates his story by offering key incidents out of chronological order. The authors use of ... description allows the reader to develop their own perception of Emily. Emilys reluctance to change is symbolized by her refusal to ...
Therefore, the line of Gurovs logic, which tells him that he should not be giving much of a thought about flirting with Anna, appears to be perfectly rational. By the time two lovers say good bye to each other, the weather seems to emphasize the sense of hopelessness and spiritual emptiness, felt by Gurov and Anna: Yalta was hardly visible through the morning mist; white clouds stood motionless on the mountain-tops. The leaves did not stir on the trees, grasshoppers chirruped, and the monotonous hollow sound of the sea rising up from below, spoke of the peace, of the eternal sleep awaiting us (Chekhov).
The fact that Gurov gets to see Anna in the middle of winter, for the second time, also appears to have a metaphysical meaning. Author wanted to say that love is something absolutely illogical and that it is capable of beating an impossible odds, if it is genuine.
The developments of Faulkners story are being seen through the eyes of Emilys neighbors, which allow us to conclude that authors point of view can be described as third person limited. This adds the aura of objectivity to the story, as whole: We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away (Faulkner).
In A Rose for Emily, author views what motivated Emily to kill Barron, within a context of mental diagnosis. Apparently, throughout her life, Emily was being surrounded by her neighbors arrogance, because it is only when they discovered Barrons corpse that enabled them to realize the full extent of her tragedy. Despite the fact that there were many indications of Emily becoming crazy, her high social standing prevented Bible-thumping folks from helping her, before it was too late. Anton Chekhov, on the other hand, decided to resort to omniscient point of view, in his story, as he tells us what Anna and Gurov actually feel, during the course of pursuing their affair: Gurov felt bored already, listening to her. He was irritated, Anna was crying from emotion, from the miserable consciousness that their life was so hard for them (Chekhov).
Thus, author provides us with the glimpse on characters mental state, which in its turn, makes it easier for us to understand what caused them to act in the way they did.
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Faulkner, William A Rose for Emily. 2001. Ariam.Com. 1 Mar. 2008. http://www.ariyam.com/docs/lit/wf_rose.html Chekhov, Anton The Lady with the Pet Dog. 2000. Turks Head Review.
1 Mar. 2008. http://www.turksheadreview.com/library/texts/chekh ov-ladypetdog.html Abstract: This paper compares the narrative properties of short stories A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner and The Lady with the Pet Dog by Anton Chekhov. Outline: Part one Part two.