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A Rose For Emily. A Summary Report On The Short Story By William Faulkner.

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A rose for emilyLove, obsession and Gossip In "A Rose for Emily," William Faulkner uses the point of view of the townspeople to show their personal opinions and judgment's of Miss Emily. He writes a story about a woman who is traumatized by the way her father has raised her and the effects of his strict and overprotective mentality. Because of her father's death she finds it difficult to let go and live a normal life that involves social interaction. To make matters worse than her anti-social attitude, Emily is stereotyped and judged by those in her community. In light of her upbringing and the judgments of the townspeople, Emily becomes attached to anyone who shows her attention. In turn, she is very protective and insecure of herself in her ability to keep those who she cares about in her life. Emily's father was a wealthy man who would stop at nothing to make his daughter happy, or so he thought. He was said to be so wealthy that he "had loaned money to the town" (432). He was very strict with Miss Emily in that he would not let any males come to visit or even come near her. Faulkner illustrates this characteristic in writing, "None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such" (434). The relationships and love that Emily desired were brutally taken away from her because of her father's struggle to maintain the family status. The author illustrates this by explaining her situation, "... even with insanity in the family she wouldn't have turned down all of her chances if they had really materialized" (434). Regardless if Emily wanted to date or not, her father would not let ny of her relationships flourish. Because of her father's attitude, Emily grew to be very sheltered, and it was no surprise to the town that she was single at the age of thirty. Her father was selfish, and his selfishness abolished all hopes of happiness for her. She felt stuck in her father's world with no way out. Not only did she feel alone, but she was also under extreme pressure to live up to her father's name and maintain the families status in their town. Emily's need to have someone in her life becomes so great that it leads her to stray from her father's expectations. This is evident when Miss Emily begins to show interest in Homer Barron, a "Yankee" construction foreman. Emily's actions raise a dispute of feelings among the townspeople, "...because the ladies all said, 'Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer.' But there were still others, old people, who said that even grief could not cause a real lady to forget noblesse oblige-without calling it noblesse oblige" (435). The difference in opinions of the townspeople suggests the generation gap and values of the different generations. The new and old generations' values conflict because they each believe in different ideas. The older townspeople want Emily to behave appropriately and live up to her family's name. They are also more willing to help Emily in her...

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