Southern Myth In A Rose For Emily

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The Southern Myth of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” The story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is primarily about gossip in a small town such as the author’s hometown himself. It is based on a woman who is buried alive in a house that has literally become a tomb; she is buried alive in the concept of southern lady hood, and to this the auxiliary concept of manhood is relevant. Faulkner shifts from third person to first person at a point in the short story and uses the pronoun “we” to indicate the agreement of the small town. Faulkner brings his own experience into all of his pieces of writing and it is especially shown in “A Rose for Emily.” Faulkner expresses the southern myth throughout his writing of this short story and shows…show more content…
Faulkner’s writing all have something in common; each piece of literature leaves the readers wondering. Faulkner expresses his life in efforts to imitate the southern small town in “A Rose for Emily.” Like his own town, Jefferson is filled with gossip and racism from the townspeople. This has affected his writing in multiple ways, especially in “A Rose for Emily.” Faulkner displays a “southern poor” tone throughout the setting and the image of an old, poor town similar to Faulkner’s own. During the early 19th century, black and white relations were unheard of (“William Faulkner” 1). Faulkner focuses a large portion of his writing on racism and abuse of the black population by southern whites. He was raised during this time period and did not appreciate the discrimination against his opposite race and expresses this opinion in “A Rose for Emily.” By displaying a “southern poor” tone throughout the setting, readers have an image of an old, poor town similar to the hometown of William Faulkner. Though the town of Jefferson seems to be making changes, Miss Emily does not. She is a living monument of the past and represents traditions people respect and honor; yet, she is a burden on the town and seems to be cut off…show more content…
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
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