Theme Of Isolation In A Rose For Emily

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In his short story A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner portrays his main character Emily Grierson as an older woman who has isolated herself from society and is trapped in a world full of delusions. Due to Ms. Grierson’s isolation, her mental state of mind has caused her to make unthinkable decisions for the sake of her sanity. Throughout the story Faulkner uses the literary elements of setting, point of view, and symbolism to depict the effect that isolation had on Emily Grierson’s psychological deterioration. Faulkner chose to revolve this story around the post-civil war period to help the readers understand the values and beliefs of Emily Grierson. Ms. Grierson resided in “a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies” in the deep south (Mays 308). Ms. Grierson family upheld a legacy throughout the neighborhood, and during this period money was the power to all happiness. Ms. Grierson family had the money to afford a lavish lifestyle that others envied. As a southern woman Emily was expected to live a certain lifestyle life that was closely observed by those of her community. Throughout the story the people of the neighborhood frequently addressed their concern and input on Emily’s life. Emily’s happiness revolved around those who she loved dearly, and “after her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly seen her at all” (Mays 310). The separation from both her

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