Rose for Emily Reader Response

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A Rose for Emily Reader Response Essay All men and women are created equal and deserve fair treatment from the opposite sex. However, since the beginning of history, sexual equality has not been a virtue that was closely followed. Men tend to falsely assume that since they are physically more capable than women, they are inherently also more important. Obviously that is not the case and this sexism tends to create a powerful barrier between males and females. Thankfully, modern day culture has vastly diminished the discrimination of women while resorting to more politically correct viewpoints. Though in the early 1900s when “A Rose for Emily” was set, the Deep South still considered women as major inferiorities to men, which is made…show more content…
When discussing Colonel Sartoris’ invention of an involved and skeptical tale about why Emily had her taxes remitted, it is stated, “Only a man of Colonel Sartoris’ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it” (Faulkner, 217). Once again, instead of possibly just hinting at the idea that women have a weak and feeble mind, the narrator just comes straight out and makes his opinion seem like truth. The narrator was so ignorant and naïve that he presented his idea that the invented story was ridiculous, to the extent that only a woman could believe it. I have never heard something so absurd and wonder how a woman could be conceived as such an incompetent fool. In retrospect, I did not live in this time period and it is a fact that women in the early twentieth century attained less schooling than their male counterparts. However, does that give men the right to go about and treat women like incompetent fools? I realize that authors have the freedom to write a story from whatever perspective they wish, no matter how biased or misleading it may be, but I also think people should take away valuable knowledge from the text they are reading. In the case of “A Rose for Emily,” I did learn some good morals such as the power of death, but I mostly came away with the idea that I am superior to the women in my life. I am not sure if that is what Faulkner intended, but it is certainly not a
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