Although "A Rose For Emily" and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" are two different stories that have two different outcomes and have two totally different authors, they still have many similarities along with some differences, as you can tell already. For instance the comparison about how both stories deal with crazy people or how one story has numerous deaths while the other has none. Hopefully this paper will explain to you the similarities and differences in these two well written yet sometimes boring stories.
There are many similarities in this story such as the attitude of the characters.
Both the stories deal with crazy main characters. Miss Emily and Mr. Shiflet both have a form of disability. "She was sick for a long time." That is what the narrator says in "A Rose for Emily." This means that after her father died, Emily kind of mind and was suffering from depression.
The in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" Mr. Shiflet only has one arm. He is going through some physiological problems since he feels the need to run a scam on an old lady and destroy her daughter's heart. Another similarity between the two is that both main characters never love, but give the reader the feeling that they do. For instance, in "A Rose For Emily", Emily has the knowledge that Homer is a homosexual but she still continues to see him.
"He liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks Club - that he was not a marrying man." The town knew and Emily was informed but she still decided to be with him. I think not for love but for sex. And in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" Mr. Shiflet surely does not love the daughter because he just dumps her off on the side of the road and takes the money and car with him.
Another similarity, kind of on the same topic, is how they love for the wrong reasons (if they actually love at all). In "A Rose For Emily" Emily is with this Homer guy so she can get some attention and to satisfy herself. In "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", Mr. Shiflet is just trying to run a scam and if he wants to succeed he has to pretend to love this girl. But in both stories it is just self-gratification. Even though there are many similarities there are multiple differences too.
First in "A Rose For Emily" the main character, Emily, is a woman, obviously. And another mind blower is that in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" the main character, Mr. Shiflet, is a man. Also "A Rose For Emily" deals with three deaths.
The death of Emily's father, "After her fathers death she went out very little", the death of Miss Emily, "When miss Emily died our whole town went to her funeral", and finally the death of Homer, "The man (Homer) just lay in the bed." And in "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" nobody at all dies, there is just disseat. My final difference is that "A Rose For Emily" takes place during a long period, "But for almost six months she (Emily) did not appear on the streets." I believe that "A Rose For Emily" went on for about thirty years and in that time span Emily freakishly kept a dead decaying body in her upstairs room while she had her way with it. On the other hand "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" only took place in about a weekend, in which Mr. Shiflet scammed an old lady got some cash, a car and broke a young lady's heart.
"A Rose For Emily", and "The Life You Save May Be Your Own", two different stories with a different theme but even with those differences they still have a lot of qualities that make them one in the same. They both deal with crazy people with disabilities, they are both southern grotesque and, and both are filled with disseat and self- gratification. But these stories can also be thought of as exact opposites. Like in "A Rose For Emily" the main character is a woman. Or how "The Life You Save May Be Your Own" has nothing to do with death. In Conclusion these stories share many similarities and many differences.
Whose to say different other then the authors.