A Rose for Emily

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A Rose for Emily Essay

Title: The Jealous Townspeople

I. Thesis Statement: A Rose for Emily is a story of the envy harbored by the citizens in reaction to Miss Emily’s pride, reclusiveness, and heritage.

II. A. Topic Sentence: Miss Emily’s heritage is the first and most important reason the town’s people were desirous of her.

1. Supporting Sentence: Miss Grierson was born into a prominent family the residents of her town recognized as being an old and distinguished family. 2. Supporting Sentence: In section one of the story, the people who lived among Emily described her as, “a hereditary obligation upon the town.” 3. Supporting Sentence: When Mr. Grierson died the town’s people felt as though she had
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Emily’s family was well known to everyone in that area. At one point in time, the Grierson family may have been wealthy. The families past wealth and illustrious heritage would be enviable to anyone who grew up less than rich or with odd family members. The fact that people wanted to have a family like that of Miss Emily’s served as a foundation for the jealousy of the people who lived near her. In section one of the story, the town’s people described Miss Grierson as a hereditary obligation. The description of Miss Emily as a hereditary obligation can be perceived in two different ways. The first suggested meaning of the phrase could be that since The Grierson Family had been so distinguished in the past, people pay respect to Emily out of reverence for her family. The second suggested meaning of the phrase could be that the people of the town, where our main character lived, seen Emily as an obligation because of the taxes that she did not pay. The use of hereditary in the second suggested meaning alludes to the fact that until Emily passed away; each surviving generation would have to support her in a way, because she failed to pay her taxes. The last example of how our main character’s heritage created feelings of envy among the residents in her town is the statement made after Mr. Grierson’s death. When Mr. Grierson passed away, the narrator of our story recalls that Emily seemed “humanized”, and relished the fact that she would

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