Essay about A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

850 Words Sep 13th, 2016 4 Pages
In his story “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner provides inside look on how the community is changing and what matters and is important to the uprising generations in the early 20th century. Faulkner tells the story “A Rose for Emily” in a way, as if the reader is in the story, directly in the community. It gives the ideal of Emily Grierson’s life to be pasted from generation to generation. “A Rose for Emily” examines the consequences of social discrimination mainly through the type of characters, setting, and point of view. Emily is from a very important and very wealthy family whose riches are declining in value throughout the world. Her life choices are very much determined by the fact that she is a woman. Her father dominates her on the domestic front. “We had long thought of them as a tableau, Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip” (90-92). However, the broad community accords her greater latitude because she is a woman, in deference to her family name. In response to a request to have her attend to the smell on her property, the mayor is appalled and says, “’Dammit, sir,’ Judge Stevens said, ‘will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?’” (131). There is contrast and tension created between her status amongst her peers and her status of privilege in the broad community. The combination does not prove to be in her best interests nor…

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