A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay example

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Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” tells the story of a woman named Emily Grierson that has a mental illness to which she lives in the South where a rigid lifestyle will determine the expectations regarding a person’s behavior and the way society will them. Miss Emily is the daughter of a wealthy upper-class gentleman who is influential to the community. Many accommodations are made for Miss Emily’s extraordinary behaviors due to Mr. Grierson’s standing within his community. Miss Emily’s marriage to Homer Barron is seen as a disgrace in the “Old South” lifestyle because of her husband is a Northerner and day laborer. Miss Emily sees her marriage as a way to redeem herself as being seen as a housewife. Miss Emily being seen as a housewife is expected as the sole purpose of a woman in the “Old South” society. Miss Emily represents women in the “Old South” society who are unable to find happiness because of the lifestyles set by the general society, which prevents Miss Emily of seeking medical help. While reading Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”, readers can easily compare and contrast key issues during the time of the Old South, such as racism, heritage, and southern jobs, to the modern day “New South”. It is hard to fathom that even in this day of age, race and ethnic differences are a major factor in everyday life in the Southeastern United States during the time of slavery, up to the current time era. African-Americans are seen as sub-humans, oppressed, greatly mistreated and…

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