Rosa Millard

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Rosa Millard
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Millard, Rosa
AKA: 
Granny
Race: 
White
Gender: 
Female
Class: 
Upper Class
Rank: 
Major
Vitality: 
Dies
Family: 
Sartoris
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Cause of Death: 
Murder
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Referred to by both Bayard and Ringo as Granny, Rosa Millard is one of Faulkner's most formidable old women. She is Louisa Hawks sister and John Sartoris' mother-in-law. In The Unvanquished, readers see her bringing up the boys, managing the plantation during the Civil War, and finding a way to provide for the people of Yoknapatawpha by outsmarting the Yankees. The internal conflict between her Christian values and her (often accidental) semi-criminal actions show the struggle that people have to come to terms with in war time. While she is a southern lady, she willingly steps out of the passivity attached to women and adapts to the war by running a fraudulent scheme - yet at the same time tries to live up to her responsibility as a virtuous and honest role model for Bayard and Ringo. This struggle often leads to comic situations in the novel. She is so secure in the southern tradition of etiquette that she misjudges her opponent and gets murdered. The multitude of people who attend her funeral - "more than a hundred," according to Bayard (155) - includes whites and blacks, and both hill people and town people from Jefferson, which speaks to her influence and status within the community.

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