Compare and Contrast Southern Views of “a Rose for Emily” and “a Battle Royal”

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Compare and Contrast Southern Views of “A Rose for Emily” and “A Battle Royal” The South's history is sometimes described as charming and traditional, but it also has a dark side, and to say the least, is horrendous. "William Faulkner" author of "A Rose for Emily," was raised in the South, whereas "Ralph Ellison" the Arthur of "Battle Royal" was from Oklahoma and attended College in the South. Each Arthur has different views and writing styles, which impacts their frame of reference to the south. "A Rose for Emily" written by "William Faulkner" is about the Life and Death of an eccentric southern woman with a gothic twist. "Battle Royal" written by "Ralph Ellison" is about the struggles and obstacles that a young black man had …show more content…
There are not any similarities in the social status of the main characters of each story. In "A Rose for Emily", written by "William Faulkner" the main character held her status, first because of who her family had been. Second, because she always held her head high and never gave in to the changes that took place all around her. "Faulkner", said: "Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town." The main character in "Battle Royal", written by "Ralph Ellison", was hoping that he could earn the respect by giving his speech. During his he thought no one was paying attention because everyone was laughing, and talking loudly. But suddenly one man accused him of using the word equality. He was quick to apologize. Then the man on the front row said, "Well, you had better speak more slowly so we can understand. We mean to do right by you, but you've got to know your place at all times." After his speech, all the men clapped for him and the superintendent said "Gentlemen, you see that I did not overpraise this boy. He makes a good speech and someday he'll lead his people in the proper paths." Then he was given the gift of a briefcase and a scholarship to college. Because they presented him with the gifts, he felt important and was happy beyond words. But in reality, his battle to be socially equal to the white men had only just begun. In

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