Marxist Criticism of A Rose for Emily

"When the town got free postal delivery, Miss Emily alone refused to let them fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mail box to it. She would not listen to them."

-This is an example of the use of Marxism because it shows how the Federal Government is making progress in the South. Miss Emily does not want the change, so she tries to make every effort to avoid these new adjustments. The North is re-shaping the South and trying to make it more united economically and politically.

"The town had just let the contracts for paving the sidewalks, and in the summer after her father's death they began the work. The construction company came with niggers and mules and machinery"

-This is another example of how Marxism is used because this also shows progression in the South and how the Northern ways are changing the South. Southerners and Miss Emily were not used to having blacks actually work instead of being slaves and with this new working class the new ways were felt more prominently.

"When the next generation, with its more modem ideas, became mayors and aldermen, this arrangement created some little dissatisfaction ... [Miss Emily said] 'I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me.'"

-Marxism is present in this quote because Miss Emily is stuck in the past where she did not have to pay taxes, but the new ways that are present in the South make her have to fulfill her civil duties. She wants to continue with her old ways and is not open to change.

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