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Melissa ClarkArchetypes in A Rose for Emily Archetypes are by definition previous images charactersor patterns that recur throughout literature and though consistently enoughto be considered a universal concept or situation Archetypes also can bedescribed as complexes of experiences that come upon us like fate and theireffects are felt in our most personal life A Rose for Emily by William Faulknercontains many of this particular critical method Although there are severalarchetypes found the most important is Emilys father Archetypes are like riverbeds which dry up when the waterdeserts them but it can find it again at any time This short story offersmany interpretations However the structure of the story breaks down intotwo stages past and present By examining the archetypes within the storyit can be suggested that Emilys over-protective father stands to representEmilys feminist struggle the ongoing battle for women to have an equalplace in society Emily should be able to do as she pleases but her dependenceher father does not allow her to have that freedom Her fathers over-protection is evident in this passageWe remembered all the young men her father had driven away and weknew that with nothing left she would have to cling to that which had robbedher as people will 279 Her father robs her from many of lifesnecessities She misses out on having friends being a normalwoman and her ability to be happy Emily is not able to livea normal life which she indirectly blames on her father Emily is so usedto having her father be there for her she figures that by keeping his bodyhe can still be part of her life The Jungian archetype of this feminist struggle can benoted as Emily is not able to live a normal life because her father keepsunder his thumb In relation to keeping her fathers body she keepsHomer Barrons body so long because she feels that she has finallyaccomplished something in her life Emily is not ready to give up that feelingThe
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