Comparing Faulkner's A Rose For Emily And The Lesson

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Living Through Literature Literature reflects many communities. Most authors get their ideals from their surroundings, which happens to be their community. Toni Cade Bambara’s, “The Lesson,” is a great example of literature and community. As I was reading this great story, it was as if I was standing in front of their apartment building gaining knowledge from Miss Moore. “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, was an interesting story about an abnormal woman in the community that everyone talked about. “We Real Cool,” by Gwendolyn Brooks, remind me of the stories my grandfather use to tell me about his community he grew up in. Reading literature is a great way to get in touch with yourself…show more content…
This story was about an aberrant woman named Miss Emily Grierson, which the townspeople talked about all the time (Faulkner, 1930). The story starts out describing Miss Emily’s house, and as I was reading the description, Miss Jackson’s house popped into my mind. Miss Jackson lived in an old big house that no one had been in for years. Just as Miss Emily, Miss Jackson did not have any friends or family to visit her, not even on the holidays. I can remember one Easter Sunday, Miss Jackson came to church with a gentleman friend. This caused uproar in the community just as in the story when Miss Emily started seeing Homer Barron. Everyone wanted to know who this mystery man was in Miss Jackson’s life. From that day forward, we started to see Miss Jackson and this man around the community, but we never knew his name. After two years of dating or whatever they were doing, this mystery man disappeared, and to this very day we do not know what happen to this fine gentleman. Some of the people in the community say that he died, and that Miss Jackson had killed him. There were all kinds of rumors floating around the community about what had happened to Miss Jackson’s gentleman friend, just as the townspeople was talking about Miss Emily when Homer Barron was not seen around town anymore. Miss Jackson died a few years ago, and they did

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