Understanding Faulkner 's Madness By William Faulkner

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Understanding Faulkner’s Madness
William Faulkner 's “ A Rose for Emily ” illustrates the extremes that someone may be driven to in the face of the “ loveless ” life that Miss Emily’s father created for her by driving away all the potential suitors. The major and minor events in the story help develop the plot idea that in the progress from an aristocratic but romanticized past to a more egalitarian present and future. Emily represents the standards and attitudes of the old south, and her inability to accept the changes of the new generation, leaving her even more isolated than ever.
William Faulkner grew up in the south in Oxford, Mississippi. He treats life in the Southern United States as a symbol of humankind generally, emphasizing the decline of civilization and culture in the decades after the civil war. Emily Grierson is representative of this decline, for she stills lives by the old status long after the decline is past. It is not uncommon to find degraded and disturbed characters in Faulkner’s fiction.
There is a literary tradition that came into its own in the twentieth century called Southern Gothic. Southern Gothic writers are interested in exploring the extreme, antisocial behaviors that were often just a reaction against a confining code of social conduct. Southern Gothic usually hinged on the belief that life and the social order were fragile and illusory,

shadowing disturbing realities or twisted psyches. “A Rose for Emily” shows the impact that Southern

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