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An analysis of A Rose for Emily by Celia Rodriguez West suggests that modern art grew out of a dissatisfaction with existing belief He also claims that nineteenth-century romanticism in England and in America particularly during the latter half of this age was relatively complacent but that this complacency became an impossibility following the shock of World War I West 92 Artists asked the questions Which values of the past are illusory Which have value for us today In what terms do they have value Are there new values more suitable to the present and are they also illusory or are they vitally related to our needs West 92 Similar questions seem to lie behind Faulkners work He regarded the past as a repository of great images of human effort and integrity but also as the source of a dynamic evil He was aware of the romantic pull of the past and realized that submission to this romance of the past was a form of death Warren 269 In A Rose for Emily Faulkner contrasted the past with the present era The past was represented in Emily herself in Colonel Sartoris in the old Negro servant and in the Board of Alderman who accepted the Colonels attitude toward Emily and rescinded her taxes The present was expressed chiefly through the words of the unnamed narrator The new Board of Aldermen Homer Barron the representative of Yankee attitudes toward the Griersons and thus toward the entire South and in what is called the next generation with its more modern ideas all represented the present time period Norton Anthology 2044 Miss Emily was referred to as a fallen monument in the story Norton Anthology 2044 She was a monument of Southern gentility an ideal of past values but fallen because she had shown herself susceptible to death and decay The description of her house lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline
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