Theme Of Alienation In A Rose For Emily

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In “A Rose For Emily,” William Faulkner portrays how crippling alienation and slanderous gossip transform Emily Grierson into an unstable necrophile and murderer. The townspeople regard Miss Emily as a symbol of their dignified past, but become overcritical and apathetic towards her as events unfold. Even though Miss Emily is highly thought of, women in the community display little sympathy or compassion after the death of her father, a reaction that ultimately negatively impacts her ability to behave within an ordinary civilization. However, when the townspeople show a blatant disregard for Emily, they fail to recognize that she is damaged and deranged. They do not consider her feelings in the disastrous life around her, and even exclaim , “... it would be the best thing” if she killed herself (Faulkner). The townspeople discard her as a lost cause, allowing her to harbor …show more content…

When Miss Emily father, dies many of townspeople show pity on her through remitting her taxes when the narrator exclaims, “Colonel Sartoris invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily father had loaned money to the town,which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying” (Flaunkner). This tax break was the beginning of isolationism. Typically during the time of this story was written, women relied on the men to be the bread winner or either was forced to join the workforce . Being financially stable from being revoked from taxes allowed her to isolate her inside instead of going to find a husband or a job. With the lack of motivation to get involved in her community she was isolated by herself and by the community. The townspeople claims that they want the best fit for Miss Emily not even recognizing of his serve mental illness of being a necrophilia. The community truly had no interest in her feelings just wanting her to stay isolated from

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