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Analysis - A Rose for Emily In the short story A Rose for Emily Faulkner paints a vivid picture of an old woman Emily Grierson that is attempting as many elderly people do to hold on to the last shreds of dignity and status that she once held in her community Miss Emily however not only stands for herself in the story but the whole southern era of which she was a part - her death symbolizes its death as well Miss Emily was referred to as a fallen monument in the story She was a monument of Southern gentility an ideal of past values but fallen because she had shown herself susceptible to death and decay and also was not able to move on and live along with the others in the more modern era The description of her house lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores represented a juxtaposition of the past and present and was a representation of Emily herself By the time the representatives of the new progressive Board of Aldermen waited on her concerning her delinquent taxes she had already completely retreated to her world of the past She declared that she had no taxes in Jefferson saying that there had been an agreement made with Colonel Sartoris a man who had been dead for ten years Just as Emily refused to acknowledge the death of her father earlier in the story she now refused to recognize the death of Colonel Sartoris He had given his word and according to the traditional view his word knew no death It is the past pitted against the present-the past with its social lifestyle the present gauging everything by the book Homer is also involved in this desire to live in the past When Emily is threatened with desertion by Homer she not only takes refuge in the past but also
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