Setting Determines Behavior Essay

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Setting has a big impact on the characters in any story. This statement is proven in the short story “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner. “A Rose for Emily” is about Miss Emily Grierson. Miss Emily dies and everyone in town comes out to her house. Throughout her life she looked for love, but because of her father, she was never able to find it. When Miss Emily’s father died, she had a hard time dealing with it and denied that he was dead for three days. Miss Emily then fell in love with a man named Homer Barron. But when she knew she couldn’t marry him, she bought poison and killed him. Later, Miss Emily eventually died as well. The setting of this short story took place in the Deep South shortly after the Civil War. This setting had a great effect on the townspeople, Tobe, and Miss Emily. It affected their behaviors and affected the events of the story. In the story “A Rose for Emily” the setting affected the way the townspeople thought and acted. Miss Emily came from a family who was wealthy and respected. Since Miss Emily, was high class, her neighbors didn’t question her actions. For example, when she bought poison, she never told the pharmacist why she needed it, so he wrote “For rats” (6) on the prescription. The people of the Deep South are traditional as well. During this time period, post Civil War, they didn’t like the idea of change. So they expected Miss Emily to be “a tradition, a duty, and a care” (1). Also, these civilians were very judgmental and they tended to gossip. At one point in this short story, Miss Emily is seen with a Northerner. Back then, after the Civil war, the Southerners despised Northerners. The townspeople immediately began to spread rumors such as, “it was a disgrace to the town” (6) and “a bad example to the young people” (6). Basically, the setting, which was in the Deep South after the Civil War, caused the townspeople to

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