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A Rose For Emily After World War II there were many changes occurring in the world Mans inherent need to follow tradition was now being challenged by a changing modern world The past and the present often conflicted William Faulkner a southern born writer based a story on this conflict Faulkner reflects the turmoil of the past and the present in A Rose For Emily The conflict between the past and the present is symbolized in the beginning of Faulkners story by this description only now Miss Emilys house was left lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and gasoline pumps - an eyesore among eyesores 426 It seems ironic that the same description stubborn and coquettish decay could also be a description for Miss Emily as well As Faulkner begins the story the reader quickly learns that this peice is going to be about death and dying It is not so much as physical death although physical death is also apparent but spiritual mental and social decay Dennis Allen writes we have a decaying mansion in which the protagonist shut out of the world grows into something monstrous and becomes as divorced from the human as some fungus growing in the dark on a damp wall 45 As defined in Websters dictionary horror is the strong feeling caused by something frightful or shocking 239 At the end of A Rose for Emily the reader finds out that Miss Emily is performing a very deviant action The 2 reader and the townspeople are very much shocked by this act This story is described
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