28 March 2014
Social Control on Woman
The short story “The Chrysanthemums” by John Steinbeck is the story of Elisa who is lives in Salinas Valley farm and her dreams and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a story of Emily resides in town of Jefferson. In both stories women become prisoners of routine. Social views lead the character into isolation, and they hide their emotions. Due to the social control that limits Emily, while Elisa use social scrutiny to develop her talent. However both women become determined. In “A Rose for Emily” and “The Chrysanthemums”, social views lead the characters into isolation and they hide their emotions from society. Emily in “A Rose for Emily” isolates her from society because of the man she cares leaves her, “After her father’s death.…people hardly saw her at all” (Faulkner 2).She hides from the society and didn’t allow anyone to get closer to her in fear of losing them again. Emily’s alienation is described by John Waters as, “They live their cartoon lives in what appears to be an emotional vacuum, and the rest of us observe in a confusion of dissociated horror and bewildered amusement” (Waters 1). On the other hand, Elisa in “The Chrysanthemums” who is isolated in the farm by the society copes with it by using her talent of gardening when she says to her husband, “Maybe I [can] do it, too. I’ve a gift with things” (Steinbeck 2), when he appreciates her work in the garden, but doesn’t tell her that she can work with him. Her isolation helps in developing her talent.
Social control leads Emily into limitations. She lives in a society where everyone talks about others and after losing her father and lover she limits herself into a house. She lives alone with a servant who go to the market to bring groceries other than him no one is allowed in the house, which can be seen, “The Negro man went in and out with the market basket, but the front door remained closed” (Faulkner 5). She alienates herself from the society but doesn’t want to overcome her fear. On the hand, Elisa who is isolated from the society because of her gender, which can be seen when Elisa tells Tinker about her desire to work and stay in the wagon to explore the world like him. However, tinker replies, “It ain’t the right kind of a life for a woman” (Steinbeck 7). It shows how society thinks about women and doesn’t want them to compete with men, but Elisa doesn’t give up and uses her talent and uses it to survive the isolation. Her situation can be described by Debbie Leitch, “but we are continually being shut down by men scared we might show them up” (Leitch 1). The Characters isolated by the society to hide their emotions become determine. Emily in “A Rose for Emily” recluse herself from society to hide from her fears from losing someone she love. She decides to not let anyone home except her servant who is the only companion and shows sign of life in the…