William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” is told from the perspective of the town. The towns folk are stuck in the past controlled by a patriarchy society. Although the women of the town are wholly oppressed by men, Miss Emily is further chained by her father. After her mother dies, her father declares Emily to be the woman of the house running off potential suitors. Emily is denied familial love and also romantic affection for years. When her father passes, she is free from his shackles but struggles not knowing how to live without him. Emily does find a suitor however she comes to realize he is not “the marrying kind.” Emily is permanently scarred from her father’s oppression and death that she murders her suitor, Homer, in order to keep him eternally. Emily is thrust into the role of a house wife where she is to care for her father but not in a marital sense. Since her father appointed her woman of the house, he does not give her the love and affection a growing child needs. He also denies her the opportunity for a suitor, which would allow her to discover her sexuality. The onl...
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