Feminist Criticism

Multiple excerpts from "A Rose for Emily"  conclude that with a feminist precept, patriarchalism plays a prominent role in the short story. Bigotry and misogynistic endorsed phrases are used to characterize Emily, and women as a whole. Through persistent oppression, due to extreme circumstances, Emily faces adversity and responds in a way that corresponds with modern day humanitarian theory. However, with an overwhelming amount of prejudice that corresponds with her time, Emily is written off as  being unintelligent, inept, and even illogical.

“Only a man of Colonel Sartoris' generation and thought could have

invented it, and only a woman could have believed it.”

-Shows disrespect, belittlement, and portrays her as unintelligent

“...our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house…”

-shows women in a bad light, snoddy

-makes the men seem like they care more than the women, they respect people while the women don’t

“See Colonel Sartoris, (Colonel Sartoris had been dead almost ten years.) I have no taxes in Jefferson. Tobe!”

-This portrays Emily as delusional and out of the times. This attributes to the crazy old widow stereotype

“She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.”

-Further alludes to her delusion, neglect to face facts, and reluctance to recognize the changing times

-Interesting because it foreshadows the incident with Homer and the fact that she kept his dead body in the house

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