22 October 2012
A Rose for Emily
A Rose for Emily is about Miss Emily who is the main character in a story written by William Faulkner. Miss Emily is a proud aristocratic whose story is staged sometime during the Civil War somewhere in the south. Miss Emily has a strong southern up bringing which ultimately leads to her demise and mental break down. During this period in the South Miss Emilyâ€™s is expected to be married and not being so was socially unacceptable. Southern society encouraged this and believed that to be happy it was necessary for one to be married, or be considered an old maid. Faulknerâ€™s short story â€œA Rose for Emilyâ€ is an example of classical Southern literature because it has all the important things that ruled ...view middle of the document...
Because of this snobbery Miss Emily never married and eventually became a relic of Southern gentility and past values. Eventually her father dies leaving her alone with a huge estate and penniless. Miss Emily was now seen in society as considered â€œfallenâ€ (92) and retreats to her home and doesnâ€™t emerge until â€œthe town paves the sidewalksâ€.
It seems that the biggest problem for Miss Emily is time and its change in the community she lives in. Toward the end of Miss Emilyâ€™s life her town begins to change and the communities' leaders no longer wanted to allow Miss Emily to evade paying taxes. In the time right after her father had died Colonel Sartoris (the mayor at the time) told Emily that her father had loaned the town money and so to repay her the town would preferred her to not pay taxes, â€œOnly a man of Colonel Sartorisâ€™ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed itâ€ (90). The leaders of the community went to collect the taxes from Miss Emily after she refused to pay them through the mail. Miss Emily did not have a mail box which was more evidence that times were changing and Miss Emily growing older and less important had not. Things would no longer be easy for Miss Emily just because her last name was Grierson.
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