Violent Societies

Topics: White people, Racism, African American Pages: 3 (986 words) Published: May 2, 2013
Violent Society
Even though there is someone who always says that a person’s attitude comes from their own way of looking at life, it might not always be necessarily true, as we see that a person’s surrounding is always an influential matter in their way of being. The main characters of the stories, Miss Emily Grierson in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, and the protagonist in “Battle Royal” by Ralph Ellison we see that even with an attitude to surpass life’s way of being, the people around them sink them further into society’s way of diminishing people. There is nothing new there, as it has always been the job of our society to down press on the vulnerable so they can feel more powerful. In both stories this idea is portrayed differently because with Miss Emily, it was her own father who by overruling her life got her to be the laughing stock of her town. In the case of the protagonist in Battle Royal, he as an African-American who even with a bright mind still had to undergo criticism and be a toy of play for the racist society of his time. The theme of violence, sexism, and racism is widely seen in “A Rose for Emily.” Miss Emily a lady who at a young age was popular among the town and very pretty, was never married due to her father’s impotent power who thought nobody deserve his daughter ended up with her being a single woman to late age. The town’s people felt sorry at her disgrace in life “Poor Emily” they expressed. Then one day Homer Barron a man with dark complexion came to work at the town and then he was seen riding with Miss Emily on Sundays, some expressed “She will marry him” (88) but of course nobody was happy about it as they blurted “Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer.” (87) Rumors began but quickly ended, as time passed and nothing happened between them. This just shows us how society at the time was sexist to think that a woman was not worthy without a man by her side, and to show that even...
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