A Rose For Emily

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William Faulker’s "A Rose for Emily", is a story told from the viewpoint of a resident of the town which Emily was, born, raised, and eventually died in. There is a very dark and ominous feel to this story, which mainly revolves around death. The story takes place in the south, where at the time, slaves were newly emancipated and things are taking to quite a change. Even though the Gierson family was very powerful and well known, nothing could have been done to save Ms. Emily. As generations passed you could clearly see that the town was undergoing a great change, in which Emily was not ready for. As a child, Emily seemed to grew up in the lap of luxury, her father took great care of her, and wanted the best for his only daughter. Though his love was great, he seemed almost as a tyrant of Emily’s life. He controlled everything she did, felt no man was a good suitor for Emily, and probably allowed her no friendships. The Giersons were cut from a different clothe, and her father wanted to make sure that everyone in town knew this. This being, the only real contact with the outside world that Emily could enjoy, was that of which her father dictated to her. This early trauma Emily had to endure did a great un-justice to her emotionally, crippling her for the rest of her life. Many doctors will say the most important years of your life, are the early ones. It is clear that Emily had no real grasp of a family unit, or how it should function. There was no mother figure spoke of, just her father, which she lived with alone other then family servants until he died. Upon her father’s death, this early trauma is shown in her mental and emotional state, or therefore lack of. Her father was her only friend, he was all she knew in the world, and with out him she almost had nothing to live for. “Being left alone, and pauper, she had become humanized.” (Page 31) this quote shows that Emily didn’t have the slightest clue how to survive on her own without her father, but now she was forced to grow up and get along all by herself. Soon after her father’s death, townspeople came by to offer condolence to the girl who had lost the person she really knew. This repression of Emily’s father dying was bursting at the seems when she proclaimed to them that her father hadn’t died! This

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