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A flower for Emily takes place after the Civil War and into the 1900s in the town of Jefferson Mississippia town very similar to the one in which William Faulkner spent most of his life It is a story of the conflict between the old and the new South the past and the presentwith Emily and the things around her steadfastly representing the dying old traditions and the present expressed mostly through the words of the narrator but also through Homer Barron and the new board of aldermen The issue of racism also runs throughout the story In part I Faulkner refers to Emily as a fallen monument a monument to the southern gentility that existed before the Civil War Her house is described as having once been whitethe color of youth innocence and purity and also of the white societybut decayed now and smelling of dust and disuse It stands between the cotton wagons the past and the gasoline pumps the present--an eyesore among eyesores Emily comes from an upper class family and grew up privileged and protected by her father An agreement between her father and Colonel Sartorisa character we assume was a veteran of the Civil War and who also represented the old South with his edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron--exempted her from paying taxes The authorities decide to pay Emily a visit to try to collect the taxes due the town When we are introduced to Emily she is described as being in blackthe color of deathand her eyes are lifelesstwo small pieces of coal The description of Emily is not unlike that of her house and I thought of a corpse when reading that she looked bloated like a body long submerged in motionless water and of that pallid hue--the dying old traditions The tarnished gold head on her black cane is the one reminder of her
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