Summary Of William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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In the short story “ A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner gives us a tension that involves what is private and what is public. The story is broken up into five sections and is told by an unnamed narrator. She had been publicly known by all the townspeople, hence why everyone attended her funeral but, she was also looked upon as a very private person for a couple of reason, especially since her father died. For example, nobody had seen much of her for about 10 years after her father died and nobody had been inside her house in that time frame. Also because her father kept her isolated from the town and would not allow any men to accompany her. “ We remembered all the young men her father had driven away” (Faulkner, 1931, p.807). The pressure between the town, which can be considered as society, and Emily is a main reason for her solitary and insanity The people of the town Jefferson thought that the mayor remitted her taxes as a show of respect for the occasion of her father dying and it was said that she would not have accepted it because, she viewed it as charity (Faulkner, 1931, p.803-804) Because of this fact, the mayor came up with an “elaborate” lie to tell the town. He told them that her father had loaned the town so this was an adequate way of repaying him for his services. However, in the next sentence, it is remarked that only the mayor would have thought of a plan like that and only a woman would’ve believed it (Faulkner,1931,p.804). Miss Emily wasn’t
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