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Emily Grierson Living in the Past in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily

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Emily Grierson Living in the Past in William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily


   In "A Rose for Emily," by William Faulkner, Emily Grierson seems to be living with her father in what people referred to as the old South.  However, most of the story takes place after the Civil War, but Miss Emily is clearly living in the past.  As critic Frederick Thum pointed out, "Many people are able to survive in the present, but give little or no thought to the future, and these people usually live in the past.  Such a mind is the mind of Miss Emily Grierson..."(1).  Miss Emily's comprehension of death, her relationship with the townspeople, and her reaction toward her taxes are clear examples that she is living in the past.

            At the beginning of the story, the narrator tells the reader that "our whole town went to her funeral"(336).  The narrator goes on and informs the reader that,  "She was a 'fallen monument...[sig] a tradition, a duty and a care: a sort of hereditary obligation upon this town'"(Pierce 850).  "Miss Emily was referred to as a 'fallen monument' because she was a 'm...


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... Day, and Robert Funk. 4th Ed. Upper Saddle River:  Prentince Hall, 1996.

Pierce, Constance, "William Faulkner." Critical Survey of Short Fiction Ed. Frank N. MaGill. 7 vols.  Pasadena, California:  Salem Press, 1993: 848-857.

Rodriquez,Celia. "An Analysis of 'A Rose for Emily.'" 9 Sept. 1996. 17 Mar. 1998 http://www.cwrl.utexas.edu/daniel/amlit/reader/South?radriquezerose.html

Them, Frederick.  "A Rose for Emily:  Confusion of Past and Present." 2 Oct. 1995. 17 Mar.1998 http://sru.ocs.drexel.edu.undergrad/st93mey7/fred/rose.html

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