The Glass Menagerie, By William Faulkner Essay

784 Words Aug 19th, 2015 4 Pages
Merriam Webster defines obsession as “a state in which someone thinks about someone or something constantly or frequently especially in a way that is not normal.” People who seem obsessed can come off as foolish to others but to them they do not realize the things they are doing are drastic. A common obsession of many people is that of their past. It provides an escape from the truth of the present and the pain of reality. The theme of obsession is unmistakable in three short stories: “The Glass Menagerie”, “The Lottery”, and “A Rose for Emily”. In each of these stories, the characters have an unhealthy obsession with the past and how the world use to be in order to escape the reality that is their current world. In “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, he presents an extreme level of obsession demonstrated by Emily Grierson. Emily was a tragic character who was living in changing times. Throughout her life, she depended on her father for just about everything but in return, he was over protective and controlled her. Her father was bent on keeping her to himself and the two spent all of their time together in their house. Their relationship turned into an unhealthy obsession, which became clear after her father passed. Emily was thrown into a state of denial and refused to release his body to be buried at first. Faulkner writes, “We knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (207). In her mind, her father was not…

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