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Situational Depression In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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On August 2017 in Charlottesville Virginia a violent protest broke out in broad daylight. The outbreak between white nationalists, and counter protesters started because a rally was organized to protest the removal of the confederate statue of Robert E. Lee, the most famous confederate general. According to CNN, “Like many cities, Charlottesville has grappled with what to do with its Confederate monuments -- symbols of the Civil War that represent heritage to some, hate to others.” These white nationalists believe that if the monuments are destroyed, a past of them, and the history of the United States will be erased. This event relates to William Faulkner’s famous short story “A Rose for Emily,” where main character, mysterious Miss Emily…show more content…
According to their website, the company Elements Behavioral Health is dedicated to giving the “Highest quality clinical care for addiction and mental health disorders.” They describe Situational depression as a “Short-term form of depression that can occur in the aftermath of various traumatic changes in your normal life . . . loss of a job and the death of a relative or close friend.” According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, necrophilia is defined as an obsession with and usually erotic interest in or stimulation by corpses. Consider the quote after her father's death, “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (241). In this quote the author uses words like “Robbed” to emphasis that her life with her father was not that of a normal girl, she was unable to experience, which is what her father “Robbed.” Her life as the daughter of a strict man, was traumatic because she was so used to being with only one man is her life, her father, that when he passed away she could not handle that change. The big change for her caused her to be unable to cope with his death, therefore went out very little. Going out very little is associated with depression because the side effects include “Withdrawal from normal…show more content…
Although “A Rose for Emily” was written nearly eighty years ago, it is in fact crucial in today’s concern over white supremacist refusing to let officials remove the confederate statues, who to them represent American heritage. Emily’s mindset, and actions lets us see the white supremacists differently, and understand their motives in their questionable actions. Emily and the white supremacist are similar in many ways. Emily did not trust the town’s authorities, and people just as white people disrespect the authorities and people who go against their beliefs. She also kept dead bodies, just as white people want to keep their history, and will go to an extreme to do so. A last point, Emily went insane and developed disorders after being obsessed with her past, or history. Similarly, white people can become violent, and even crazy being obsessed with protecting their monuments. What makes their beliefs horrible is their actions, and words when faced with change; ultimately making them wrong on their stand, just as it was appropriate for Emily to respect history but it was wrong for her to go insane and commit a
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