Rose For Emily Stereotypes

1145 Words5 Pages
By definition, a stereotype is a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. In The Stranger and A Rose For Emily, stereotypes are applied to women throughout both stories. In The Stranger, by Albert Camus, a French woman named Marie becomes infatuated with a man who is only with her for relations and repeatedly states that he does not love her. Furthermore, Marie is also shown as an object of pleasure throughout the story, rather than a person. This materializes women to be shown as needy and insecure. In comparison, In A Rose For Emily, by William Faulkner, Emily, the protagonist, is an outsider, southern bell who is belittled as a controlling and dependent woman. Also, Emily is shown as…show more content…
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. A few of the ladies had temerity to call but were not received, and the only sign of life about the place was the Negro man—a young man then—going in and out with a market basket. (Faulkner 2.1) Emily is isolated, her father throughout the course of her life isolated her from all men and Homer Barron’s death completely isolated her from everyone, this is what her father wanted, Emily to be
Open Document