William Faulkner's 'A Rose for Emily': An Analysis

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In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," the protagonist Miss Emily Grierson is unable to perceive the realities of her existence. When her father dies, Emily refuses to allow people into the house, because she cannot conceive of life without Colonel Sartoris. Miss Emily refuses to pay taxes, despite the clearly false pretence used by the Colonel to justify the family's non-payment. And most tragically, Emily wants to be loved but when she is rejected, she murders the man she desires rather than admits that she is a fallen woman, who has had intercourse with a man who will not marry her. Emily has a certain ideal of who she is, and cannot process information which stands in contradiction to this image. She wants to be the pure, virginal daughter of the Colonel and Homer's beloved at the same time, but she cannot and the ways that men treat her to honor the conventions of chivalry often hurts rather than helps Emily.
During her early life, when the Colonel was still alive, Miss Emily clearly yearned for a connection with others. But in the Colonel's…
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