An Analysis Of William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily Essay

1277 Words Feb 18th, 2016 6 Pages
Living in the Past

In a world constantly developing and changing, some things can never be changed, whether it’s a person, place, religion, or even society itself. Sticking to tradition is always humble beginnings, but when would one start to question tradition, or even alter it in some way? Modernity is always based off of tradition no matter what is being modernized. In William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, the main character Emily Grierson lives her entire life and style the exact same way from the beginning of it to the end. The story alternates through different eras of time spanning between forty years and despite the settings of it changing, Emily’s way of life never changes one bit. She sticks to her roots at all times, not once venturing away from the tradition of her generation. Faulkner’s story starts off about Emily’s house, how old and out of place it was compared to the rest of the neighborhood. “A big, squarish frame house that had once been white… an eyesore among eyesores” (Faulkner 516) among the twentieth century homes in her neighborhood. Her estate was built in the eighteen-seventies, now surrounded by modern cotton gins with garages that made her traditional home stand out even more. Although her estate was seen as a monument in the town [seeing as how it was the only house still standing from the previous century] the reader can tell nobody in the town wants the house there anymore because it doesn’t fit in with the modern society yet it still…

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