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Tobe and his Identity

Fetterley, in her ?°A Rose for ?®A Rose for Emily??,?± argues that Faulkner??s ?°A Rose for Emily?± is implicitly feminist and ?°the focus is on the grotesqueness that results when stereotypes are imposed upon reality.?±(323)She also argues that ?°A Rose for Emily?± is ?°a story of a lady and her revenge for that grotesque identity.?±(320)Faulkner??s use of imagery in: ?°the crayon face of her father?± that sits above Emily??s dead body, is elaborated by Fetterley in her writing: ?°a symbolic of the degree to which he has dominated and shadowed her life.?±(319)On top of Emily??s father who has shaped her life, by making her a ?°Miss,?± there lies the ?°violation behind veneration.?±(320)Tobe??s actions are strictly controlled by Emily as in: ?°I have no taxes in Jefferson.Colonel Sartoris explained it to me.. Tobe! these gentlemen out,?±(1009)and this gives her a sense of power and this illusion makes her distant from actuality.Fetterley does not directly !
nor literally present Tobe as a destructive force upon Emily, however, many of her supporting ideas relate to men and culture, and their significance in Emily??s life.Fetterley may have failed to introduce Tobe but there is no evidence that she have neglected him, therefore, it is harmless to add him to her theory, for it will accentuate and highlight her strong argument.From forward on will be an analysis on Faulkner??s use of Tobe and how it relates to Fetterley??s speculations.
Faulkner??s use of the black manservant, Tobe, accentuate his perception on how being ?°invisible?± can both limit and empower people.Tobe forms a congruity in his actions with that of Emily??s, with his introspectiveness and the attainment of power that is embedded in it.Both of Emily??s dependency and few flashes of individuality i…


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