The theme of inequality throughout Faulkner’s writing

“Jewel always doing something that made him some money or got him talked about, and that near-naked girl always standing over Addie with a fan so that every time a body tried to talk to her and cheer her up, would answer for her right quick, like she was trying to keep anybody from coming near her at all.” (Faulkner, PDF version, pg. 16)

Throughout Faulkner’s novel, we see the gender inequality relationship between men and women. Specifically, on the roles, women play in society of being a mother or being wed. In this passage alone, we see that the women serve as “eye candy” for the men surrounding them. But we also see a bit of feminism because, during this time (the 1930s), women were staying single and actively advocating for women’s rights.