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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is a story about the life of an old woman The narrator reveals the main events of her life such as the death of her father the disappearance of her lover and the events surrounding her death and the thoughts of the townspeople on Emily and her life as heard from the gossipy people of the town One theme or central idea of the story is how narrow-minded attitudes can cause others to withdraw Emily is one of the people who withdraw because of narrow-mindedness The attitudes regarding sexism racism and class depicted in A Rose for Emily are narrow-minded First the attitude of sexism is narrow-minded When Colonel Sartoris remitted Emilys taxes he made up a story about the town owing Emilys father because she would not accept charity The narrator says the story is one that only a woman could believe That attitude is small-minded and sexist because men are capable of believing anything women can Later a bad smell develops around Emilys house and the women assume it is from an unkept kitchen Emilys manservant does the cooking and the women say Just as if a man any man could keep a kitchen properly 83 A more open-minded perspective shows that men can keep a kitchen just as well as women When Emily and Homer are courting the women think something should be done because they are setting a bad example for the young people The men do not want to interfere The women interfere anyway and they convince the Baptist minister to talk to Emily This attitude is sexist because some men may have wanted to interfere as much as the women and some women may have wanted to leave Emily alone These attitudes cause Emily to withdraw from society Second the attitude of racism is narrow-minded Colonel Sartoris the same man that remitted Emilys taxes fathered the edict that no Negro woman should
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