Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" March 7, 2006 Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily" Outline: Southern decadence and the state of the south Emily's life, her family and how the changes in the south affect them What Emily does and why in reaction to those factors The townspeople's actions and how they are able to participate in Emily's denial and be decadent as well. About Faulkner himself and how he was a product of the decadent south Conclusions Thesis: Southern decadence was famous and iconic back when the story, "A Rose for Emily" was set. It was caused by the end of the Civil War and the forced change upon the antebellum south. Decadence defined the south before the Civil War, including obscene wealth and slavery, and the aristocracy, of which Emily and her father were a part, never had to lift a finger. Emily ends up not only in deep denial, making her able to disregard the reality of her life, but also causing the townspeople to participate in her denial as well.
After the Civil War ended many southerners were devastated, families lost fathers and sons, farms were destroyed, and the pride of the being southern had taken a serious blow. To bring back a pride of what it means to southern many groups arose to help shift the blame of why the war was lost. One of the most prominent groups was the United Daughters of the Confederacy (UDC), who were founded in 1890. With the founding of the group the UDC had one purpose in mind “… the desire to educate the young with proper histories lest they forget the sacrifices of their fathers, and mothers,…”. This was done through numerous conduits, the first being influencing the reading material children had access to.
They describe the many extending generations. Miss Emily, The Board of Alderman, The African American Servant, and Colonel Sartoris are all representations of the Antebellum South in “A Rose for Emily”. Homer Barron, and the townspeople were representations of the Modern South and the Greirson Family is the representation of the old South. “Faulkner’s structural problem in “A Rose for Emily” demanded that he treat all of miss Emily’s life and her increasing withdrawal from the community and... ... middle of paper ... ... important events contains the death of Mr. Grierson; Emily’s father in her younger days and the connection with a northerner Homer Barron. This story summarizes the most important South changes following the Civil War.
Fallen From Grace Emily Grierson, a woman of stature and nobility of the once proud South; transformed to a mere peasant, through the fall of the Confederacy and the changes that ensued. Tragic in a sense, the story of her life as told from the author; William Faulkner, in his short story - "A Rose for Emily." (Faulkner 74-79). First published in the popular magazine of his time in 1930, The Forum; Faulkner tries to maintain her self image throughout the story through the narrators eyes as being repressed in nature through her upbringing in society prior to the war and the circumstances of the times as they unfold - while struggling to fill a void of emptiness inside. Born and raised in a grand house on a once grand street in Jefferson Mississippi, her status amongst the townspeople was above all.
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a southern gothic story first published in 1930. The story of Emily Grierson’s life parallels the struggle the South faced when breaking away from its antebellum past into modernity. The story is narrated collectively by the citizens of Jefferson—a seemingly average small southern town. The narrator tells the story of Emily Grierson—the town reclusive eccentric who died before accepting the changes brought forth from the post-civil war south. Emily Grierson is seen as a hereditary obligation by the town’s citizens.
Miss Emily got that strength from her father. When... ... middle of paper ... ... Homer’s initials in the bedroom represented Emily’s tarnished reputation because of Homer. Miss Emily herself was symbolic in this story. In the beginning she was young and vibrant like the South used to be but toward the end she was unkempt and ugly characterizing the unhealthy traditions of the Old South and its stubborn followers. Her conflict was symbolic of the conflict of acceptance versus unacceptance that was present in the South at that time.
Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, describes the life of a young southern woman in the 1930’s, and the many obstacles she and her family face. Her father is one of the few citizens who are trying to cure Maycomb of its disease by defending Tom Robinson, a black man who has been accused of raping a white woman. Lee’s tale incorporates how Maycomb’s caste system affects the town, and the ostracization of Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley, Dolphus Raymond, and Walter Cunningham Jr., because they defy the mainstream of what society expects from them. It also describes the lesson Jem, Scouts older brother, and her learn about how the ideas planted in the town are morally wrong. As Maycomb tries to harbor the values of the old southern traditions, the town is slowly ripped apart by the inescapable bonds of the social caste system, racism that clouds the judgment of the most well meaning citizen, and misjudgment and cruelty to the outsiders.
Scarlett then decides that she will move to Atlanta and stay with Melanie and Melanie’s Aunt Pitypat. It is there that she is reintroduced to Rhett Butler, a scandalous adventurer, whom she had previously met at the Wilkes’s barbeque. Rhett convinces her to disregard the restrictive social requirements for mourning southern widows. While in Atlanta, Scarlett begins seeing more of Rhett as the war continues and the Union forces begin to take hold. The battle of Gettysburg rages on and Melanie’s husband, Ashley, is captured and sent to a Yankee prison.
Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, focuses on the maturation of a brother and sister in the "tired old town(Lee 3)" of Maycomb, Alabama, in the 1930ís. Maycomb, a classic southern town full of gossip, tradition and burdened with a legacy of racism, seems a strange place to stage a drama which encourages equal treatment and non prejudice. However, the narratorís fresh outlook on the sleepy town furnishes the reader with a multitude of viewpoints on civil rights. The traditional Southern racism of Maycomb is looked at through the eyes of our young narrator, Scout Finch. Scoutís innocent perspective compels her to ask questions about why whites treat blacks the way they do.
It is primarily based off of Faulkner’s hometown and will be remembered as a true southern tale. The tragedy at the end of the story leaves readers wanting to know more. Although Jefferson was such a small town, and the audience associates small towns with knowing all that goes on, this is the irony of it all. Miss Emily was the middle of attention for the townspeople, yet they had no idea what was going on right inside of her own home in their town. Faulkner expresses the southern myth throughout his writing of this short story and shows this in the setting, character, and the strong hold that Emily’s father has on her which becomes the moral of the story where repression can have unintended consequences and trying to control someone’s life can only result in a bad