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William Faulkners A Rose for Emily has been interpreted in many different ways Most of these rely solely on hints found within the story I believe that his life can also help one analyze this story By knowing that Faulkners strongest influence was his independent mother one can guess that Miss Emily Griersons character was based partly on Maud Falkner William Cuthbert Faulkner was born in New Albany Mississippi on September 25 1897 His family moved to Oxford Mississippi when Faulkner was five years old Larinde His parents were Murry and Maud Falkner Zane 2 Faulkner added the u to his last name on his Royal Air Force application for unknown reasons 5 Faulkners great-grandfather Colonel William C Falkner had moved from Tennessee to the Mississippi Delta in 1841 The Colonel was a Civil War hero plantation owner railroad builder and even a writer Larinde Faulkners grandfather and father were both respected though not wealthy They were also both alcoholics Faulkner and his father never had a very good relationship He and his mother though were very close Maud gave him his love of art and literature She influenced Faulkner more than anyone else with her strong independence Zane 3-4 She may have been the inspiration for the strong independent character Emily Grierson William Faulkner was a quiet but mischievous child polite and rude loving and withdrawn 4 He did well in grade school but began showing signs of truancy during adolescence Faulkner dropped out of high school in eleventh grade In 1918 Faulkner attempted to enlist in the US Army but was turned down He then applied to the Royal Air Force where he adds the u to his last name He was soon discharged and returned to Oxford Mississippi Here he attended the university for two year In the decade that followed Faulkner donned a host of other identities alternately and aristocrat a bohemian or a derelict
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