Running Header: Comparing Literature
March 19, 2009
I have chosen to compare two short stories and one poem for my final essay.
The three pieces I have chosen are a poem by Anne Bradstreet “To My Dear and Loving Husband,” the story “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, and the story “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky,” by Stephen crane. I will discuss how the three compare using characters and how the authors are descriptive in their writings and draw their readers into the stories or poem.
In the story “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” and “A Rose for Emily” the authors us such descriptive detail in the stories you can actually see, smell, and feel each characters being. One part in the story “The Bride Comes to Yellow Sky” that makes you see the character is on the train when Stephen Crane describes Jack “his face reddened from many days in the wind and sun.” (DiYanni 2007 p.842), and the description given to Jacks bride as “not very pretty, nor was she very young. She wore a dress of blue cashmere, with steel buttons, and how she was embarrassed by her puff sleeves, very stiff, straight, and high” (DiYanni 2007 p.482). This just had my mind working and I could see Jack’s reddened face, and his bride’s embarrassment from her sleeves.
The description of Miss Emily’s house Faulkner used as being “a big squarish frame house that had once been white,” (DiYanni 2007 p. 79) and how Miss Emily looked as she walked in to the meeting with the Board of Aldermen, “a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head.” (DiYanni 2007 p.79) The end of the story Faulkner gives such detail about the body of Miss Emily’s suitor “Homer Barron, in the room decked and furnished for a bridal night, and how the body of Homer was is described as fleshless and once laid...