A Rose For Emily And Katherine Mansfield 's The Garden Party Essay

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In William Faulker’s “A Rose for Emily” and Katherine Mansfield’s “The Garden Party” social class is the allegory. The protagonist in each, Emily Grierson and Laura Sheridan, were born into wealth and were aware of the social statues they possessed. Being part of the elite has advantages as well as disadvantages; financial security, unmerited respect, and privileges verse nativity, limitation of companions and high familial obligations. Social class dominates a large portion of their lives due to primarily negative expectations for the upper-middle class. Emily and Laura were raised in wealthy homes with the comfort of financial security, though Emily lost the majority of her riches when her father died in her thirties. Possessing money was a symbol of importance which was greeted with unmerited respect. “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, an obligation, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town” (pg.251) no matter her loss of money, she had already gained undeserved respect from fellow town’s people. Laura’s privileged life had her questioning “[a]m I being extravagant?”(pg.334) while she did things typical for a lady with her social standing; such as wearing elaborate hats and dictating where marquees will be placed. Though she wondered at her fault in such activities she was given the luxury of doubt due to her social class. There are many advantages Emily and Laura received without justification other than their class position, such as Miss…

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