Keeping the Past Alive in in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Miss Emily Grierson, the leading character in “A Rose for Emily”, is a bizarre woman to say the least. Faulkner begins this story with Miss Emily’s funeral, and continues to tell about the interesting events in her life. All throughout the story, Miss Emily exhibits many traits of a mentally ill person, but is never medically diagnosed. Faulkner writes, “Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care” (245), meaning that she stuck to her Southern-raised ways. She refused to conform to the modernization of the world around her. The narrator of this story seems to be a person that knows Miss Emily and her family very intimately. The narrator also considers themselves apart of the townspeople referred to as the “we” throughout the story. This story tells about the ups and downs in the extremely intriguing life of a woman that refuses to leave her past. After her death, the “whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house” (Faulkner 244). No one had been into her home in at least a decade except for the workers. Faulkner uses imagery to describe the “big, squarish framed house that had once been white” (244). Miss Emily came from a wealthy family during the Antebellum Era, and her house appears to not have been touched up since then. Miss Emily was not one to accept to charity by any means. After the death of her father, Colonel Sartoris “remitted
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