Emily's Rose

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Emily's Rose Emily lives in the small town of Jefferson. Jefferson is a town where her family has lived for generations, and where her family is known to have “held themselves a little to high for what they were;” so they were treated as such. Emily is kept home by her father and almost hidden from the entire town; the gentlemen callers who dared come calling for Miss Emily’s hand were only “vanquished” by her father. They were not of “social standing” to be permitted her time and company. In her fathers eyes Emily was the last to continue their “noblesse oblige” duty as a Grierson. I believe that Emily couldn’t escape her family’s fate because of her father and her townspeople. Even if Emily wanted to shed the family reputation, she couldn’t. The town would never have accepted her as anything, but a “Grierson.” Even as the generations change, Emily’s family reputation is still known. Years of solitude couldn’t change her reputation. Emily obviously lived a sad and lonely life. Her father had taken every hope for love from her because of the regarded “August” name. I believe because of her father’s death and the sweetheart who deserted her, she realized that she had one last chance to form a new life, and she had a new chance for love (or just companionship). When she reappears after the burial of her father, she has a new look of a young girl. I believe this was Emily’s attempt to become part of the town, rather then “a tradition,” “a duty,” and “a care.” During this time she meets Homer, a “Northerner,” who she is seen riding throughout town on “Sunday afternoons” with her. Emily (seeing a man not from her town feels) knows that this is her last hope for companionship. Courting Homer, which was undignified for a Griers... ... middle of paper ... ...e significance of the roses in this story it is clear that the men are Emily’s “fallen” roses. However Faulkner did plant one last rose, the rose for Miss Emily Grierson. I believe Faulkner was saying, roses are beautiful and given to show love or admiration by another. When cared for and loved, roses are the most beautiful sight, but if neglected they can become ugly and spooky, just as Emily had. Her personality was prickly as a torn. Emily without doubt falters after her father’s demise. So “poor Emily” spends the rest of her life as a wilting, dying flower in “which no winter ever quite touches.” I think Faulkner gives Emily these roses throughout the story out of “pity and obligation” just as the “town felt pity and obligated” to Miss Emily, their “fallen monument.” Life can be sad and tragic, some of which is made for us, and some of which we make ourselves.
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