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A rose for emily3

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is a tale of Miss Emily Grierson, whose funeral drew the attention of the entire population of Jefferson, a small southern town. There were many changes occurring in the world After World War One. Man’s need to follow tradition was now being challenged by a continually changing modern world. William Faulkner aptly reflects the turmoil of the past and the present in, “ A Rose for Emily”. The conflict between the past and the present is symbolized in the beginning of the story by this description, “ only now Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores” (331). It is ironic that the same description “ stubborn and coquettish decay” can be a description for Miss Emily as well. And just like her house, which had once been white and on a “ select street”, Miss Emily had been a slim young girl dressed in white. But as the house fell into decay so had Miss Emily,” she looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue”(332). Faulkner’s Emily did not have the individual confidence, or maybe self-esteem and self-worth, to believe that she could stand alone and succeed at life especially in the face of changing times. She had always been ruled by, and depended on, men to protect, defend and act for her. From her Father, through the man-servant Tobe, to Homer Barron, all her life was dependent on men. The few flashes of individuality showed her ability to rise to the occasion, to overcome her dependency, when the action was the only solution available. The town played a part in Miss Emily’s delusion. There were numerous complaints of a foul stench permeating from her property. A younger member of the Board of Aldermen suggested that Miss Emily be told to clean up her property. But due to the old southern ideals of honor, duty and loyalty the older, ...

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