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The Character of Emily Grierson A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Emily Grierson is the living example of the Old South in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily From the Old South come people that are stuck on their old values and beliefs People with old southern beliefs are not keen to the idea of change They believe it is better to leave things the way they are Miss Emily Grierson does not like change and is unwilling to do so Miss Emily Grierson is a dynamic character in this story in only one aspect After her father dies she does the unexpected and takes a liking to man who would ordinarily be beneath her On the contrary she is very stubborn as well Miss Emily Grierson refuses to pay property taxes William Faulkner uses Emily Griersons character to show how the values and beliefs of people from the Old South can be difficult to steer toward change The towns people where Emily resides view her as a sort of monument because nobody is good enough for Miss Emily while her father is living In the Old South there are different classes of people You have the stuck-up or people that place themselves on pedestals above everyone else They place themselves on these pedestals because their economic status Their economic status dictates their societal status You also have the common folk or the majority of people with medial incomes who know Ivery 2 what it is to struggle at times Miss Emilys family fit in with the stuck-up class of people While Miss Emilys father is living he drives many men away from her After he dies a man by the name of Homer Barron comes into town to do some construction work William Faulkner writes that At first we were glad that Miss Emily would have an interest because the ladies all said Of course a Grierson would
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