Emily Grierson From A Rose For A Rose For Emily

1233 Words Mar 16th, 2015 5 Pages
Judith Fetterley argued in her critical essay that Emily Grierson from a “Rose for ‘A Rose for Emily’” was empowered and victimized by her gender and class. However the girl from “Boys and Girls” and Gertrude from Hamlet had not been as lucky as Miss Emily. In a “Rose for ‘A Rose for Emily’” Emily Grierson was the daughter of Mr. Grierson, who was a respected man in Jefferson. After his death Miss Emily still conserved her title of a lady even if all the town folks knew that she didn’t have money left. Miss Emily took advantage of the fact that she was a lady to not pay the tax to the new town leaders by saying that she was exempted of taxes by the previous mayor of the town. She knew that the town people would not bother to ask her to pay the taxes that she legally had to pay as her father was dead and they were concerned about Miss Emily’s mental health, but it was mostly because Emily Grierson was a lady and it would be considered disrespectful to force a woman of this status to settle her debt. Moreover, the town folks were complaining about a powerful odor emanating from her house. The Judge Stevens present at that time estimated that it was very inconvenient to mention to a woman of this rank that her house smells bad. So he decided that a few men from town would sneak in Miss Emily’s house to spread lime around the Griersons’ property. Even this time the town people could not confront Miss Emily for her acts. When she started dating a northern man named Homer Barron,…
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