In Both Faulkner’S “A Rose For Emily” And Shirley Jackson’S

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In both Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery,” we see many examples in which tradition conflicts with modernity. Even in today’s society, there is a lot of change, which results in tradition conflicting with modernity. Traditions are normally something that is passed down from generation to generation, but modernity clashes with tradition because as societies continue to develop, they are more inclined to change. This is when tradition conflicts with modernity; when people are losing their traditions as everything else continues to modernize. In both stories, modernity is affecting their society and yet, part of the society still refuses to let go of their tradition that they have been holding onto for so long.…show more content…
The sidewalks that the community hired Homer to pave are also part of tradition conflicting with modernity. The new sidewalks are the modernity with Miss Emily’s tradition house a sharp contrast to it. It once again shows how that while the town is developing to adapt itself to change, Miss Emily refuses to accept this and ignore it instead. Another important part of the story is when Miss Emily kills Homer in order to stop him from leaving her. Miss Emily goes to buy poison in order to kill him and keep Homer close to herself. This also refers to the beginning of the story where her father died. “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead.” In Miss Emily’s reality, she denies that her father is dead because she simply wants to stop time. Miss Emily most likely killed Homer so things would stay the same and not change. In the end, when Miss Emily dies of old age, the tradition that she was holding onto dies alongside with her. Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” also portrays many conflicts between the idea of traditions and modernity. One of the biggest examples in “The Lottery”
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