What are some examples of Feminist Criticism in "A Rose for Emily" with evidence from the text to support them?
An examination of Emily Grierson's role as a woman in the context of the traditional, patriarchal South is a critical component of a feminist criticism of William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily." Emily's status in the community is largely defined by her relation to her father, whom the town respects. Without a father or husband in her life, Emily becomes physically isolated from the community. The honor she maintains is rooted in her family name and her sense of propriety.
Feminist criticism is evident in Emily's character in this short story by Faulkner. First of all, Emily is raised in the South in a patriarchal society. However, she overcame the constraints of this male-driven world in various ways.
First of all, she goes up against the Board of Aldermen concerning her taxes when a deputation arrives at her house: "'I have no taxes in Jefferson. Tobe ! . . . Show these gentlemen out'" (3). She sends the men packing, just as she has for years. This occurs in a town where women are considered homemakers and ladies unfit to deal with business matters, much less...
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