The Unvanquished

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Aliyah Wilson
12-06-11
2nd
Gibbons
The Unvanquished

The Unvanquished is a novel by William Faulkner, but was originally written as seven short stories separately published in The Saturday Evening Post. It was set during the time between 1862 till 1873: a time when women were expected to have certain virtues, or aspects about them. Women were expected to be delicate little creatures that needed to be taken care of. They had one right: to be taken care of. Women of the time were to be pretty, to take care of the home, and to leave the “real work” to the men. Two of the women from this novel deserve utmost respect. Granny and Drusilla took matters into their own hands, and are an inspiration to many women who read this novel. Strong women like them were unusual during this time period. Granny and Drusilla are in no way “picture-perfect southern belles”, yet they took what they had at the time and the experience that was given to them and represented true southern women.

Granny was a strong woman of this period; she understood how things worked, and was smart enough to know how to manipulate things to her advantage. “’Bayard Sartoris, what did you say’? ‘We killed him Granny!’ …Then she said, ‘Quick! Here!’… and then Ringo and I were squatted with our knees under our chins, on either side of her against her knees…her skirts spread over us like a tent…’You are mistaken,’ she said, ‘There are no children here.’”) [Faulkner 30-31] This is a shorten version of the quote. The scenario is when Bayard and Ringo shoot at the Yankee soldier on a horse. They hit the horse instead of the man, though they are unaware of this fact. They run home shrieking at Granny to help them, so she has them hide underneath her skirt. The soldier comes in; then the Colonel comes in. The whole situation puts Granny in a bad position, because she’s a good, southern, God fearing woman, and the only way out of this predicament is to lie to the Yankee Colonel who comes in after...
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