Character Analysis Of Emily Grierson In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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“The secret to change is to focus all of your energy, not by fighting the old, but building the new” – Socrates (FlyGare, 2012). Adapting to the continuously changing world is a part of life. Some would say life is a constant battle of life. A battle Emily Grierson would eventually come to lose. In “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner creates a fictional character in Emily Grierson whose actions throughout this gothic story ultimately illustrate an individual who cannot accept or adapt to change. “A Rose for Emily” takes place in a time where the Civil War had recently come to a close. Emily came from a family that was by no means poor. In fact, her house was extravagant when it was first built. “But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood, only Miss Emily’s house was left” (Faulkner, 52). Just one example, of how Emily Grierson was not able to adapt to change. In this instance, she fails to adapt to the community that is developing around her. First, we must understand why Miss Emily is the way she is. It is safe to say she can blame her father for the way she behaves. The majority of her life she was controlled by her father. He does not let her find true love, simply because he wants to…show more content…
When the women came to support her in her time of need, she denied the allegations of her father being deceased. “She did that fir three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body”(Faulkner, 55). This is the first time Emily exhibits habits of necrophilia. Emily exhibits necrophilia not in the sense that she likes to have sex with dead bodies (that is neither here nor there) but, in the sense that most people suffering from necrophilia are so governing/controlling they push most living people away from them. Which explains why she had such a hard time giving her father’s corpse
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