A Rose for Emily Essay

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How do individuals respond to change? Change is something everyone encounters through the course of our lives; however one may choose to resort to denial. In the short story “A rose for Emily”, William Faulkner demonstrates how individuals may refuse to accept change through the character of Miss Emily. Although individuals may choose to counteract changes that may disturb their original lives; however, they will find themselves isolated under societal pressure. Some people are unwilling to change even though the change might be for good. Through the character of Miss Emily, we see a young woman violated by her father’s strict mentality. When he dies, Emily is left alone and as the only man in her life, Emily is in denial to let go of her father, even though he is a controlling and selfish man. Thus she holds on to her father’s dead body and acts as if nothing happened; Emily “dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face”. When she told the townspeople that her father was not dead, we see that Emily possesses a stubborn outlook towards life, and she refused to change. Prior to the death of her father, Emily had been raised in a comfortable environment because her father possessed a great amount of money. She never knew the value of dollars until her father dies and left her nothing but “a big, squarish frame house” that began to decay after a period of time. The house is also symbolic to her physical decay, which she decides to ignore both as a way to refuse change. The reason why some individuals show an act of unwillingness towards change is because they believe their lives are well established and thus needs no change. * Emily’s refusal to pay taxes. Although Colonel Sartoris, the mayor had given Emily a perpetual waiver from the consequences of paying taxes, it was already a generation later and “Colonel had been dead almost ten years”.

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