The townspeople did not seem to care for Miss Emily anymore and regarded her as a nuisance in the town. The Grierson’s also had a long history of insanity running in the family. They recalled a moment from her great aunt whom the town recognized as a crazy woman. The townspeople agreed that
The story does not say why Miss Emily’s father died and it was clear that he had not treated her well and had denied her a relationship with any of the young men. Homer Barron had also denied her a relationship with him, and because of it he lost his life. Homer Barron had even stated to the townspeople that, “He was not a marrying man” (1107). Still, this did not stop Miss Emily and she took an extreme measure to keep him near. Maybe this is why Tobe stuck around and went to the market for her year after year.
This story applies to the Feminist Criticism because the relationship with Emily and any male figure in her life is dependent. Also, this short story displays a society completely dominated by males. Moreover, Emily in the text is presented as isolated, a life she lives due to her father’s controlling ways, this shows her as dependent and feeble minded for continuing this unhappy way of life based on a man’s jurisdictions. Faulkner, in A Rose For Emily, states, “That was two years after her father’s death and a short time after her sweetheart— the one we believed would marry her—had deserted her. After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweet heart went away, people hardly saw her at all.
Jude feels completely isolated from her parents. One no longer alive, and the other does not communicate anything with her anymore. He sits alone with his own thoughts, and Jude with her’s. Her twin brother Noah tells readers that during their mother’s life, the “Truth is, I think Mom and I had gotten used to not noticing her when the three of us were together” (73). Noah and his mother ignored Jude whenever they were all out doing something, because of this lack of being able to talk to her mother while she was still alive, it just pushed Jude further and further away from her family.
Since there were so many “young men her father had driven away,” it can be inferred that Emily’s father was a very unwelcoming man who did not believe any male was good enough to meet the Grierson standards (Faulkner 55). As stated by Victor Strandberg, “driving away her suitors so as to keep her housekeeping services for himself, Emily 's father has ruined her chances for a normal life” (par. 3). After the death of Mr. Grierson, all that Emily had left was herself and the house because of the seclusion her father created. However, she could have willingly escaped this confinement because her father was no longer there to set rules for her.
Moreover, Baby encounters rejection and stigma from authority figures and classmates, further contributing to her low self-esteem. For example, after a school teacher informed Xavier’s parents that, Baby is a troubled child from a broken home- Baby is unwelcome at his house. Lauren was Baby friend; however after witnessing Baby’s home life she humiliated and excluded Baby. Furthermore, they were many instances where the social workers and teachers could have intervened and make a positive difference in Baby’s life. However, they all fail to do so; Baby lamented "they are afraid of my sadness" (O'Neill, 2006, p.128).
Sethe was angry because her mother did not take Sethe with her, but she let Sethe live when she died. Sethe was also vexed because her mother ran away from the plantation. Sethe felt abandoned and she was disappointed that her mother left her even though Nan tried to comfort her by saying that her mother loved her very much. Nan even told Sethe that her mother threw her other children from a ship in a sea because those children were her master’s and she did not consider them exclusively hers. Sethe was the only daughter kept alive.
Her witness to her vulnerable and innocent sister’s death led Leah to see the true ignorance and helplessness that her father provided in her family’s time of need. Her father’s and God’s absence during one of her major times of need and turmoil caused Leah to see the lack of legitimacy to the of all the parts and areas of her
Mastey (2009)1 described widowhood in India as a moment in a woman’s life that is definitive and tragic, where the death of her spouse strips away her own identity. As these women are not very well educated due to low literacy rate in India, they are not left with many options in terms of occupation. Thousands of widows are disowned by their relatives and thrown out of their homes in the context of land and inheritance disputes. Their options, given a lack of education and training, are mostly limited to becoming exploited, unregulated, domestic labourers (often as house slaves within the husband 's family), or turning to begging or prostitution (Bill I, 2006)2. Indian widows are often regarded as “evil eyes,” the purveyors of ill fortune and unwanted burdens on poor families (UN Division for the Advancement of Women, 2000)3.
For example, my friend lost her mom when my friend was already going through a tough time and she didn’t know how to take it. They would bring up how she was bullied and how she lost people in her life and also how she doesn’t talk much about her feelings to the people around