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by William Faulkner

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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.

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In the Old South, women were thought to be like angels, first virginal and then maternal—innocent, self-effacing, and hospitable. They were set apart, revered, and put on pedestals, but what can one do when expected to uphold such impossibly high standards?

Miss Emily shows us that the answer to this is not much. The narrator tells us that she "had been a tradition, a duty, and a care \" to the town. When people complain about the terrible smell coming from her house, Judge Stevens asks them, "Will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?" When the men come to sprinkle lime in her yard, she...

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