Essay on A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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Fear of the Psychologically Abnormal in Faulkner’s Pre-modern American Era

Society has always been based upon a diverse mixture of cultural norms and perceived deviance. In Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily some of these sociologically deviant behaviors are displayed by Ms. Emily Grierson. Throughout A Rose for Emily psychological abnormality is an ongoing theme. Faulkner was born during the Second Industrial Revolution and lived through The Great Depression and World War II before dying in the Modern era. Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily showcases the fear and aversion felt towards the psychologically abnormal by Faulkners generation of pre- modern Americans using the omniscient narration of the towns grievances and beliefs of Ms. Emily Grierson.
In a Rose for Emily culturally undesirable traits and behaviors of Ms. Emily Greirson are privately reviled by the towns people. A council of the towns prominent members are called on two separate occasions to discuss problems stemming from Emilys abnormal behavior and the narrator of the story discusses the towns perception of her. Many of the ideas and beliefs the town have of Emily are what would be considered deviant behavior in the era of the story and therefore cause them to view her in a negative light. Because Emily does not conform to societal norms of the time period, she is denigrated in public perception. The perception and treatment of the mentally ill in the pre-modern world was ethically dubious. Many of the…

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