How To Write An Analytical Essay On A Rose For Emily

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A Rose For Emily

An Analytical Essay

In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, both Emily and the town’s citizens continually

demonstrate the nature of being frightened of progress as this dread of change is a reoccurring

subject inside the story. The story also embodies the effect tragedy can have on someone. The

author employs this message to show how Emily fails to adapt to inevitable historical and social

change in the South due to said environment and the tragic death of her father.

After Emily's father dies, she enters a state of dissent and the first insight the reader gets

of this is the point at which she is inquired about it. Her dad had been her overseer, supplier, and

protector. He was the most imperative figure in her
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She manages this sudden

change in way of life by doing things the way they've generally been done. "Emily lives in

isolation and was imprisoned previously” (Mohsin). In her mind, she doesn't think it is essential

nor likely for her to acclimate to the evolving society. In A Rose for Emily, Emily declines to pay

taxes and legitimizes herself by saying Colonel Sartoris has exempted her from this obligation.

What she doesn't know or imagines not to know is that "Colonel Sartoris had been dead almost

ten years." (Faulkner, 3) She doesn't acknowledge the progression of time; neither does she

acknowledge change, nor the misfortune that follows her, symbolized by the way that she

declines to participate with the modern postal service, noting the tax notice "paper of an archaic

shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink. Declining to adjust to the new way of life,

Emily needs to experience the ill effects of the loneliness and intensity of being separated from

the outside world " (Skinner). Skinner recognizes the events in the story that most support our

argument. She doesn't welcome any new change or recognize a portion of the old changes
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