What are some examples of Feminist Criticism in "A Rose for Emily" with evidence from the text to support them? 

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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.


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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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