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For several millennia women around the world have struggled to assert themselves as the equals of their male counterparts At no time was this more apparent than the beginning of the womens suffrage movement in the late nineteenth century During this period the movement made its way into contemporary literature and three fictional women were brought forth into the world to embody this call for change While retaining their individual differences Miss Emily Grierson in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily Mrs Nora Helmer in Henrik Ibsens A Dolls House and the narrator in Charlotte Perkins Gilmans The Yellow Wallpaper share a common bond of repression By first acknowledging the differences and then returning to the shared experience of these women a reader is able to gain a complete understanding of life for the nineteenth-century female and the tribulations facedIn Faulkners A Rose for Emily Emily is kept cloistered by her father throughout most of her young adult life Completely fettered by traditional Southern upper-class mores she is not allowed to mix with men below her station which is every man other than her father As time passes and she remains exclusively under his care the townsfolk adopt a curious but neutral stance her social life is after all completely at her fathers discretion Upon his death Emily lives alone with a single black manservant Tobe There is an immediate outcry on the part of the towns ladies at this a woman is the one who cooks as everyone knows Just as if a man any man could keep a kitchen properly Faulkner 117 However Emily keeps this servant for the remainder of her life and for most of it he is her sole living companion In time Emily meets Homer Barron a Northern construction foreman It isnt long before Emily is causing another small scandal around the town having the audacity to step out
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