Essay about Disparities Of Social Norms And Social Stratification

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Disparities of social norms and social stratification is a common theme by Southern gothic writers such as William Faulkner and Flannery O’Connell. As it can be seen in both A Good Man Is Hard to Find and a rose for Emily. The two portray interplay from generations to another which manifests itself as resistance to change in previous generations. The grandmother in A Good Man Is Hard to Find and Emily in a rose for Emily are more or less the same to one another regarding to the themes in the stories. Through subservient motives as privilege, nostalgia, and irony the overarching theme of death is effectively portrayed in both texts. Death and taxes are the only two thing that are difficult to escape, they are inevitable by mankind. After Emily’s father’s death, she is acquitted with the burden of taxes; thus, Emily eludes reality. As the last successor of the Grierson family in the town, Emily connotes evading death. The grandmother in A Good Man Is Hard to Find also evades reality the same way as Emily; she does this by achieving grace after expending supercilious volitions.
While the town saw Emily a “fallen monument,” the grandmother strenuously constructed her outward appearance:
The children 's mother still had on slacks and still had her head tied up in a green kerchief, but the grandmother had on a navy blue straw sailor hat with a bunch of white violets on the brim and a navy blue dress with a small white dot in the print. Her collars and cuffs were white…

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