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All Eyes On Miss Emily: An Analysis of Southern Society through a Feminist Perspective in William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily"
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences, School of Language and Literature.
2012 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This essay investigates how Southern society functions during the latter part of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century in America. This is done by looking for signs of patriarchy, religion and its influence, and also at the expectations on women in the story “A Rose For Emily”, which takes place in Jefferson, Mississippi.

Patriarchy, religion and expectations on women are visible through the analysis of the protagonist Miss Emily’s relationship to her father, her relationship to her lover Homer Barron and when she is on her own at the end of her life. Furthermore, the townspeople are the narrators in this story and how they treat and view Miss Emily in the three examined parts of her life represents how the American South functions. Also, the analysis is done with a feminist theoretical perspective.

Through the analysis, the conclusion is made that the South is a very patriarchal and sexist society. Men are considered to be the superior sex and rule over women. Because of the Puritan religion, women live in an oppressive environment and live very strict lives. For Southern women, marriage is a must if they want to survive both socially and financially.

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2012. , 33 p.
Keyword [en]
American South, society, patriarchy, religion, women, social norms
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Languages and Literature
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-19714OAI: diva2:532300
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Lärarprogrammet, inriktning mot verksamhet i grundskolans senare år och gymnasiet
2012-06-01, E305K, Nisbethska, Linnéuniversitetet, Kalmar, 13:15 (English)
Humanities, Theology
Available from: 2012-06-20 Created: 2012-06-11 Last updated: 2012-06-20Bibliographically approved

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