Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" Essay

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Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" March 7, 2006 Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" Outline: <ol> <li value="1"> Southern decadence and the state of the south <li value="2"> Emily's life, her family and how the changes in the south affect them <li value="3"> What Emily does and why in reaction to those factors <li value="4"> The townspeople's actions and how they are able to participate in Emily's denial and be decadent as well. <li value="5"> About Faulkner himself and how he was a product of the decadent south <li value="6"> Conclusions </ol> Thesis: Southern decadence was famous and iconic back when the story, "A Rose for Emily" was set. It was caused by the end of the Civil War and the forced…show more content…
That kind of talk made it plain that southerners there stills saw blacks as inferiors, maybe even slaves. Miss Emily Grierson suffers from the changes in the south, as well as the effects of being secluded by her father until he dies. After he dies, she then, in a sense, becomes her father, as evidenced by her being described as wearing black and clutching a black walking stick when she is old. ."...leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head." (81) When she was young she dressed in white and it was her father who was clutching a horsewhip. (82) This creates a nice link between the two as she "becomes" her father later in the story, and her father clearly was decadent himself, and of a decadent era, as well. The very fact that he kept slaves and held the town in his own grip is evidence of that. Emily herself comes from a long line of fictional southern corruption. In Faulkner's other stories chronicling the Satoris family, the tradition is one of seedy doings. Also, after learning of Miss Emily's death, we catch a glimpse of her dwelling, itself a reflection of its late owner. The house lifts "its stubborn and coquettish decay" above new traditions just as its spinster is seen to do, "an eyesore among eyesores" (80) This description lets us know that this used to be a grand home, built from much money and probably with the employment of the use of slavery. Her father keeps her from marrying, and
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