2011 Student Research Conference:
24th Annual Student Research Conference

A Woman's Way; A Feminist-Marxist Analysis of A Doll's House and "A Rose for Emily"
Megan A. Caldwell
Dr. Hena Ahmad, Faculty Mentor

In "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner and in "A Doll's House" by Henrik Ibsen, the main female roles demonstrate a subordinate role up until the end of the story. The main character in "A Rose for Emily", Miss Emily herself, and the main character in "A Doll's House', Nora eventually have their last moments of tolerating the diminishing role of a woman. A theme commonly found in both of these women lives is a woman's power struggle against their dominating male counter parts. Comparing and contrasting these female roles, we can find similar statuses and beliefs that will eventually lead these women to live independent and strictly feminine lifestyles. In this paper, I will evaluate events and actions of both the male and female characters in these short stories that cause the dominant female roles to resort to a somewhat drastic measure in holding their own freedoms.

Keywords: Henrick Ibsen, Feminist, William Faulkner, Marxist, A Rose For Emily, A Doll's House

Topic(s):English

Presentation Type: Oral Paper

Session: 41-3
Location: VH 1324
Time: 3:15

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