Literary Analysis Of Adela Strangeworth And Emily Grierson

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In the short stories “A Possibility of Evil” by Shirley Jackson and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner arrogance is a constant problem showed by the main characters. Both have similar characteristics on how the authors use Adela Strangeworth and Emily Grierson to portray this nobility to the readers. These two pieces of writing were published in the mid 1900’s in the Victorian Era. This pairing of these stories bring out the way arrogance is treated by a gap between the older and new generation, main characters holding themselves higher, and Both pieces of fiction display a feud between the older and younger generation, which is a characteristic of southern gothic writing. The settings are held in an extremely primitive victorian era. In “A Rose for Emily” Miss Emily is seen as a “duty” (Line 9) to her small town. As a result of this established “rule” Colonel Sartoris “remitted her taxes” (Line 13) to help with her father’s death. However when the “next generation [...] became mayors and alderman” (line 22-24) they had more modernistic views than the Colonel, part of the old generation, had previously had. To them “this arrangement created some little dissatisfaction” (Line 24-25). This rivalry built a riff between the two age groups, and this is also present in “A Possibility of Evil”. Adela Strangeworth gets intimidated when a baby girl’s parents call her a “princess,” (Line 60). Adela holds herself above everyone in “the town” that she often thought “belonged to
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