Comparison of Women's Struggles in Use by Alice Walker and A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

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The story “Use” written by Alice Walker is set in the southern state of Georgia in the late 1960’s or early 1970’s. Alice walker is known for writing stories about women who are portrayed as victims, and stories that have unhappy endings. Use stood out from Walkers other stories because her protagonist had such confidence and stood up for her family’s legacy against her own daughter, who views herself as one who above her family and her past. In the short story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner, the story depicts a character, Emily, who went through a major struggle in her life, and had a hard time finding her place in the world, as in the rest of his stories. The story is set sometime after the civil war, in the late 1800’s …show more content…

Emily has a black servant who gardens and cooks and doesn’t have much of a role in her life. A short time after her father died Homer Barron was introduced into her life; they are seen going on carriage rides on Sunday’s. Emily goes to buy Arsenic one day to kill “rats” and the town thinks she is going to kill herself, but in the end she poisoned Homer so he wouldn’t leave her like her father did. She then closed herself in her house and sheltered herself from the outside world until she died. “A Rose for Emily” showed how even as much as she tried Emily didn’t know how to survive or adjust to the world around her, because of her upbringing. Emily had to hold on things because she feared they would leave her, because growing up she was so sheltered. “…she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.” After her father died she didn’t know how to let go or react even after how he treated her all her life. “…her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door.” She even denied his death for days after he died, “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.” Emily lashed out and

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