The Power of Southern Women Comparison Essay

The Power of Southern Women
A comparison of the main female characters in William Faulkner's "An Odor of Verbena" and Peter Taylor's "The Old Forest".
# 116972 | 1,404 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2009 | US
Published on Nov 03, 2009 in Literature (American) , Women Studies (Culture)


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Description:

The paper looks at the power the female characters in Faulkner's "An Odor of Verbena" and Taylor's "The Old Forest" have over their male counterparts. The paper illustrates the limitations imposed on them by their culture and gender roles and shows how both of the characters, Drusilla and Caroline, look to the men in their lives for protection and stability. The paper then shows how the women react when the men they expected to protect and fight for them did not live up to these expectations.

From the Paper:

"Southern men pride themselves on their ability to take care of and protect the women in their lives. Most women readily defer to this ideal and while they hold their own reserves of strength and ingenuity, they often conform to the societal norm and allow the men to take the action in a situation. They come to expect that response, in fact, and when it is not accomplished they must choose whether to assume the responsibility themselves, or to seek protection elsewhere. Drusilla and Caroline are two sides of the same coin. Both women look to the men in their lives for protection and stability and when they finally realize the only power they have lies in the men and how they react, both women respond in very differ-ent ways."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Faulkner, William. An Odor of Verbena. Ed. Suzanne W. Jones. London, Eng-land: Penguin Books, 1991.
  • Taylor, Peter. The Old Forest. Ed. Suzanne W. Jones. London, England: Pen-guin Books, 1991.

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