Theme Of Tradition In A Rose For Emily

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The Timeless War of Tradition and Change A Rose for Emily is a southern gothic short story about an elder women stuck in her ways. When we are first introduced to Emily it is at her funeral where the entire town has come to falsely pay their respects. The men are only there because they viewed Emily as a fallen monument and the women are there to peer inside a house that has been closed up to the world for decades. Through-out the story the narrator gradually describes Emily’s decent into madness and her unwillingness to accept the change happening around her. The central theme of A Rose for Emily focuses on the never ending battle between tradition and change, which is expertly portrayed by William Faulkner’s use of setting, symbolism and…show more content…
Emily’s house symbioses a time capsule, a place forever unchanging and untouched my time. Within her time capsule Emily can live in a timeless, unchanging world where death does not exist. Death is strategically used to as a symbol for change throughout the story from the very beginning at Emily’s funerals to the very end when the town’s people discover Homer Barron’s body in the upstairs bedroom. Death was the only change Emily couldn’t not fight but that didn’t stop her from accepting its ever present presence in her life. The first become aware of this when Emily initially refuses to admit the death of her over-bearing father. Stating multiple times to the towns people who came to consul her that her father was not dead. In the end the reader gets a final and disturbing understanding of Emily’s denial of death with the skeletal body of Emily’s possible suiter Homer Barron lying on a bed dressed in a suit and placed beside him on a people was a single strained of Miss Emily’s hair. Lastly, Emily herself is the living embodiment of tradition. Emily is referred to as a monument in the first paragraph, also, in paragraph three the narrator states, “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town.” William Faulkner didn’t just use Emily as a symbol of tradition, he also used her…show more content…
William Faulkner was able to craftily write a compelling story that spoke about an issue that is still going on today. Faulkner used his artful talent with words to develop the theme through setting, symbolism and character. Giving the reader insight into never ending, always constant struggle of tradition and change, that still can be seen today in people with liberal or conservative political ideologies as well as, in the older and newer generations of
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