A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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“Prolonged loneliness can transform the brain in a way that makes those who suffer it less able to relate to others” (The Daily Mail) Although change is sometimes viewed as scary, it should not be ignored. If a person is unable to adapt to change, they will further isolate themselves from society. William Faulkner, author of A Rose For Emily, captures with great detail, the effects of isolation. A Rose For Emily centers around the death of Emily Grierson, a “fallen idol” in the town. All of the townspeople view Emily’s death as an opportunity to piece together the puzzle that is Emily’s life. Emily, having had her father turn down all suitors, was never married and did not have kids. This isolated Emily from the rest of the town, to the point where she did not leave her house. Emily’s house was seen as an eyesore to the townspeople—a traditional and dusty house that had yet to update with modern times. Faulkner portrays the process by which human beings become isolated by everyone around them, including themselves when they oppose change. Through descriptive imagery, characterization, and syntax, Emily’s house is symbolic of the opposition to change in tradition and its effects on isolation. Emily is an outsider--choosing to remain hidden and block out the others in the town. The house that shields Emily from the world mirrors the woman who inhabits it: closed-off, dusty, and dark. “It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and

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