Women In William Faulkner's The Unvanquished

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Aliyah Wilson
12-06-11
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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
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She turned the original mix-up into a smuggling business: she showed true genius in a time of real need. “’Ten chests tied with hemp rope,’…’a hundred and ten mules’…’Get what we got. Hurry’. He turned to Granny. ‘The general said to give you another hundred with his compliments’” [Faulkner 88-89]
Again, another abbreviated lengthy quote. What’s happening here is Granny never got her exact box of silver back, but she was reimbursed for the silver. The Yankee in command gave her a slip with an order for a large amount of mules. When Granny and Ringo go to get them, the soldier they speak to doesn’t understand, and gets the entire transaction mixed up. Granny turned this unexpected occurrence into a blessing and opportunity to turn a profit and give the mules to the townspeople. Most of what originally occurred was a miscommunication; however, Granny and Ringo simultaneously recognized what was happening and took advantage of
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She was a woman; an older woman at that, but she desperately wanted to somehow make a contribution to the war effort and also help out the community as best she could. The war devastated the south, and changed many things. If she could somehow right some of the wrongs that had been done to the people, while at the same time hindering the Yankees, it could be a step toward putting things back the way they were. Because Granny had been around as long as she had, she was a huge believer in tradition. She was stubbornly trying to preserve a community and take care of them, much like a mother takes care of her

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