Trifles By Susan Glaspell's A Rose For Emily

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It is said that all humans experience loneliness at some point in their life. As some people isolate themselves, they are facing the world with the uncertainty of counting on someone else. On the other hand, isolation from society can also bring peace, comfort, and evaluation of one’s self. In the “Trifles” by Susan Glaspell’s and “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner the short story and play transmit a theme of isolation, but in their case, it leads them to disturbing actions. Starting off firstly, in “A Rose for Emily”, it shows that the setting took place around the end of the civil war. After the war, Emily’s father Mr. Grierson in essence, raised his young daughter Emily to believe that nothing had changed after the war. Emily’s…show more content…
The author states, “But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps¬- an eyesore among sores” (Faulkner 906). It explains that Emily is refusing to move forward and keeps living in the past. For instance, as society was evolving and becoming more modern she would refuse to pay taxes and receive newer mail services. Emily was exempt from paying taxes at the beginning of her father’s death as he lent the mayor a big amount of money. As a decade went by, they wanted her to resume her payments, and she would refuse to do so. In a way, Emily does not want to move forward into the new generation because she respects her father’s traditional morals and wishes. She does not want to tarnish his memory. Emily later starts dating a man who is new to town and is helping renovate the town, like paving the sidewalks. Homer Barron, her love interest, later gave the impression that they might get married. While homer is out of town, Emily buys rat poison and gives an impression to some towns people that she might try to commit suicide. Homer came back into town and disappeared with Emily in her house and was never seen again after. Faulkner says, “For a long while we stood there looking down at the profound and fleshless grin” (913). After Emily died, the towns
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