Falling Of The Higher Class

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Abdul Parwani
Mrs. Coleman
English 103
23 July 2013
Falling of the Higher Class
In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” the protagonist, Emily, is a quiet upper-class woman who is disliked by many in her community, mainly due to her awkward behavior and highly respected social status. While the community progresses during the industrial revolution Emily remains a distant relic of the past that refuses to move on. The story exhibits traits of a capitalist community that is based on classism. Emily is a part of the town’s upper class and the rest of the town consists of middle to working class citizens. The town’s populace has conflicted feelings toward Emily and consistently judges her and her behavior. The town’s feelings toward Emily are based on classism, due to the fact that they believe that Emily is in some ways better than they are because she belongs to a higher class of people. This feeling of inferiority that the town feels makes life for Emily difficult because it forces her into a life of solitude. A life based on someone’s class can in some cases create distance between the classes; that is evidently shown through the interactions made between classes. A life based on a classist ideology can cause more harm than good and “A Rose for Emily” is a prime example of the harmful effects classism can have on a community and the people that reside in that community. Industrialization during Emily’s era stirred a violent commotion between classes as they…
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