Who knew a story about a woman who ended up dead in her house next to a guy would be considered feminist criticism. I mean we have a women who lived by herself, did her own thing. She wouldn’t pay her taxes and ended up dead near a guy in her bedroom. Well in a way it is considered feminist criticism.
Feminist criticism is a type of literary criticism, which was developed in the late 1960s, focusing on the role of women. So we have men versus women. When men dominate, we call that a patriarchy world. An example would be when a man comes home from work and expects his wife to have dinner on the table and ready. When women dominate, we call that matriarch. An example of that is when a woman doesn’t care what the men think and do what they want.
When you read the story A Rose for Emily, it doesn’t seem like there are any feminist criticism. But when you think about some parts, you will realize there are feminist parts. For example, when Miss Emily’s father died, she lived alone. Back in the time the story took place, women living alone wasn’t common. Also mixing social classes wasn’t common either. Miss Emily was below Homer Barron. Miss Emily also dismissed the men who came to collect her taxes. “I have no taxes in Jefferson. Tobe! ” The Negro appeared. “ Show these gentlemen out.” [Springboard pg. 150]
So climactically, when you really read A Rose for Emily, you will see how the story goes along with feminist criticism. And as I think of it, I am not even sure if there is any man domination. Miss Emily pretty much just took care of herself.