“a Rose for Emily” Critical Essay

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In many stories, some characters isolate themselves from society due to certain events which have occurred in their lives. In the short story, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, Emily Grierson is the victim to such proceedings. In this case, Emily’s isolation and therefore loneliness is caused by the changing south, her father’s controlling demeanor, and by her own arrogance and uptight attitude. Emily grew up during a very awkward time in a changing community in the south. Her house growing up was once lively and grand, and stood elegantly beside others on what had been the most select street in town. “But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily’s house was left” (1). One at a time, her neighbors passed away, eventually leaving Emily and her house as the last vestige of her era. The heart of the town had been shifted towards the more open views of the north, and like the old south, Emily had been left alone to deteriorate along with the rest of her kind. Emily’s father was a strict man who was very set in his ways. He believed in the traditional life-style of the south and considered his family better than others. His philosophy was that Emily should not be associating with such common folk of a different social stature. “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (3). He was not able to come to terms with himself that the times were changing, and in turn, Emily was shunned away from the more modern generation of people her own age. Being the obedient daughter she was had caused Emily to become very desolate at the time of her father’s death. It led her to a life locked away in her house, preserving what little she could hold on to. Not only did her
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