Setting Analysis of the Story a Rose for Emily Essay

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An analysis of the setting of “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner’s
William Faulkner is one of the greatest writers of the twentieth century. Although he was born in New Albany, Mississippi in 1897 he moved to Oxford, Mississippi before his fifth birthday. Faulkner belonged to a once-wealthy family of former plantation owners (eNotes.com, Inc., 2012). He spent his boyhood hunting and fishing in and around Lafayette County (eNotes.com, Inc., 2012). William Faulkner based most of his stories and characters closely to his life and the ones that had the greatest influence in his life. The South’s historical legacy is what Faulkner often wrote his novels based on and that it what helped him gain recognition. Faulkner moved around to
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Jefferson is at a crossroads, embracing a modern, more commercial future while still perched on the edge of the past, from the faded glory of the Grierson home to the town cemetery where anonymous Civil War soldiers have been laid to rest. As a living monument to the past, she represents the traditions that people wish to respect and honor. In a once-elegant, upscale neighborhood, Emily’s house is the last vestige of the grandeur of a lost era (Shmoop University, Inc., 2012).
Emily’s house, like Emily herself, is a monument, the only remaining emblem of a dying world of Southern aristocracy (Larinde). The outside of the large, square frame house is lavishly decorated (182). The cupolas, spires, and scrolled balconies are the hallmarks of a decadent style of architecture that became popular in the 1870s (SparkNotes Editors). The house is in some ways an extension of Emily: it bares its “stubborn and coquettish decay” to the town’s residents (Larinde). I think that it shows that even though you want to try to preserve traditions after a while it just seems like a sore thumb in an ever changing society. Society and all of its soundings are changing for example the cotton wagons, gasoline pumps, and other industrial trappings. The old south or its values just don’t seem to have a place in a changing society. The setting and the way society was during that time period is very important to know in

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