Some critics have suggested that Miss Emily Grierson is a kind of symbol of the Old South, with its outdated ideas of chivalry, formal manners, and tradition. In what sense is she also a victim of those values in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

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Miss Emily Grierson is a victim of the patriarchy and hierarchy of the Old South. Long after she or her father have any economic reason to feel superior to the rest of their townspeople, they are trapped in old ideas of their high birth and the deference owed them due to their rank in society. Mr. Grierson instills in his daughter a destructive sense of her superiority to other people, a snobbery that keeps her from forming friendships or learning she is like others. He also uses his patriarchal power to prevent her from marrying, never finding any of her suitors good enough for her.

The false hierarchical and patriarchal values of the Old South keep Emily first under her father's thumb, and then isolated and lonely in a fading house. They make it impossible for her to accept losing Homer , so she murders him instead. Miss Emily submits to madness rather than submitting to the social changes around her—and the community colludes, enabling her to do this. She finally becomes a victim of...

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