Being A Woman By William Faulkner

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Anishka Goberdhan Mrs. Gerbasich English III- 4 11 April 2017 Being a Woman Throughout history, woman have always been primary victims of oppression and have been excessively sexualized. Although great strides have been made over the past few decades to ensure equality for both men and women, women are still viewed as inferior to men today. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” the author utilizes imagery and symbolism to illustrate that women are defined by their appearances and gender roles are still an issue in the modern world. Being a woman means taking great pride in how you present yourself at all times, or at least this is what society expects. In “A Rose for Emily,” the author proves this idea when he states, “When we saw…show more content…
The narrator of Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” pays close attention to the details of Emily’s house. He described her dwelling to, “…smell of dust and disuse—a close dank smell” (Faulkner 1). Furthermore, he called her house “an eyesore among eyesores” (Faulkner 1). The author’s vivid description of Miss Grierson’s house after the death of her father mirrors her appearance during this time. She too had a ghastly appearance, “…like a body long submerged in motionless water…” (Faulkner 1). During this time, Emily began to mentally deplete, having lost the main person in her life. As a result, her world halted and she began to take less pride in her appearances. She left her house to age miserably just as she did. In The Telltale Hair: A Critical Study of William Faulkner 's a Rose for Emily, by Terry Heller, the author points out how Emily’s appearance is tied to her house as the story progresses. He states, “First she is small and spare, then pleasingly plump. Three words later she is bloated and by the end of the passage she has been transformed from a little old lady into a bloated corpse as decayed as her house” (Heller 90). Emily’s failure to care for herself and her surroundings led to her being hated by many of the townsfolk. They judged her because of her clack of cleanliness and her neglect for taking care of her house. Gender roles have become a growing issue today. These roles are shaped by society and lays
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