Book Review of 'A Rose for Emily'

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A Rose for Emily William Faulkner's 1930 short story "A Rose for Emily" tells the tale of the sudden death of a small, southern town's most prominent old woman; the last remaining person who had experienced the American South before the American Civil War. She had the memories within her of a period of white domination and black subjection, which is mirrored in the relationship she had with her handyman. This woman held a great deal of power in this small community. She is a remnant of the past antebellum south wherein white men were powerful and the black men were enslaved. Money was power. Even members of the same racial profile were broken down into levels of power based upon the amount of money that they had. Emily's father was a powerful man and even though she herself had not accomplished anything in her life, she still was revered because of her bloodline. The story is told in a third-person perspective so that the reader becomes part of the community. Just as the town is mourning Emily, and thus the final piece of the old guard, so too the reader is just discovering the secret life of the town's most respected resident (Sullivan 159). As a witness, the reader sees how Emily's story is one of conflict: conflict with her father, conflict with her lover, but more than anything else, she is in conflict with the new generation. Faulkner's attitude towards the past of the American South is made evident in the text of the story. When reading the narrative, it becomes

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