A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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Kachramani FiliaENG 275Instructor : Dr. PappasA Rose for Emily by William FaulknerIn "A Rose for Emily", Emily, a lady of a noble origin, finds herself alone in small town in the Old South. The townspeople there turn their back on her because of her origin, although they have always been present at all of the events that marked her life, until the day she died. Emily's social isolation is evident through the development of the elements of character and events.The main reason that led the locals to isolate Emily was the fact that she came from a respectable and prestigious family, in a time where most of the people were poor. The fact that she lives in a big house and has a colored servant to work for her, it is something that make the locals feel that Emily is not one of them, and therefore it is only logical to put her aside. In addition, it is also her attitude towards the townspeople that showed that she differentiated herself from them, that she felt that she was somehow superior to them: "she carried her head high enough" (32). But it is not her fault. She had been brought up to believe that she's someone special, better than the rest of the people, and that is the reason why she never got married. Her father believed that no one would ever be good enough for his daughter, and thus he turned away all the men that asked for Emily's hand. So, Emily had only her father to protect and take care of her, and now that he is dead, she found herself all alone. She doesn't have anyone to protect her, and furthermore, she's left with no money, but for the house that she lived in.At this turning point in Emily's life, the townspeople turn their back on her, for her suffering seems to give them pleasure, since now "she had become humanized" (31). The difficult times that Emily goes through now that she is all alone, don't seem to touch the people of the town, that feel superior to her, since they are very well aware of the fact that Emily is helpless and in a great need of any help that she can get. She doesn't have any money to pay the current expenses, and it is difficult for her to earn some, since she lives in a society that women are not supposed to work. Emily has become equal to them because "she too would know the old thrill and the despair of a penny more or less" (31). If one takes away the money from some other person, then what it is left is merely the person alone. And for Emily being left with no money was something very frustrating, that gave people the right to "pity Miss Emily" (31).The theme of Emily's social isolation, from the rest of the town, can be further explored through the townspeople lack of concern towards her problems. Her long-term illness and her withdrawal at home not only seem to concern the town, but also it appears to be some kind of amusement, since her problems have become food for everyday gossip. Everyone knows what happens to Emily, everyone talks about her pain and suffering, but everyone keeps their distance...

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