Marxist Criticism

By: Sara Cruz, Nick Pianovich, Liz Williams

Marxist Criticism was the theory our group decided to go with because there were many examples that coincided with examples of Marxism. For instance, in the beginning for, "A Rose for Emily" there is a high presence of Marxist display going off the view of Karl Marx and Frederich Edrich. As the story begins, the reader learns of the protagonist (Emily) whom does not have to pay taxes because she is exempt by the former Mayor Colonel Sartoris . Unfortunately, as new government officials take office, Emily is no longer able to avoid the taxes. After many attempts the government officials are not able to make Emily pay the prices. There is a historical change with the story that is evident when looking closely. At the beginning of the story Miss Emily and her family are portrayed by the narrator as a grandiose aristocratic family of the South. As the story progresses one can see the changes of the Grierson family and the town in which they live in. A few examples would be the change from dirt roads and "sidewalks" being changed to paved sidewalks. This may not be a big deal in the 21st century but back then this was new. Miss Emily goes from a very prestigious state to a pity state because all her money is gone (suspected from the civil war) and there is no one to care for her or love her. Another historical change within the story is the introduction of the postal service. Miss Emily is a women of the old South and a new South seems to be arising and she does not want to partake of any of it. This evident when Miss Emily refuses to have a mail box  and metal numbers installed on her property.

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