Do you agree with Judith Fetterley's argument or disagree with her analysis, "A Rose for 'A Rose for Emily'"?

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Jamie Wheeler eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I think Fetterly's argument is compelling in that she aptly notes that one of the reasons Emily is able to hide her crime is because she goes so unnoticed by the townspeople.  The reason for their lack of attention (according to Fetterly) is because she is a woman, older and not terribly attractive. 

However, I don't know if this is solely because she is a woman.  I think Emily's African-American servant is equally invisible.  He tends to her for years, probably has more knowledge of Emily than anyone ever gives him credit for.  Like Emily, no one ever thought to ask him what was going on...