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A Rose In the 1930s people still thrive on gossip particularly in a small town People are overly curious and cruel at times especially when it comes to Emily Griersons mental disorder In A Rose for Emily William Faulkner traces Miss Emilys increasing dementia and foreshadows the surprise ending The reader begins to see Emilys insanity early in the story She not only refuses to accept her fathers death but she also refuses to let the townspeople bury him The townspeople do not say she is crazy yet They believe that she has to cling to that which had robbed her180 This is the first sign of Emilys vanishing sanity Emilys state of mind grows worse after Homer Barron enters her life Emily is flattered by the attention of this new man in her life The townspeople do not approve of him because of the fact that he is a northern day laborer180 Faulkner foreshadows the murder of Homer Barron by Miss Emilys purchase of the arsenic and by his sudden departure from the town Faulkner shows the reader yet another sign of insanity by her refusal to accept that she does owe taxes Miss Emily is considered a tradition a duty and a care177 an obligation to this small town She is led to believe that she owes no taxes by the mayor a friend of her fathers When the next generation of politicians come to collect her taxes she only says see Colonel Sartoris178 who any sane member of this small community would know by this time is dead Next Faulkner uses sense imagery particularly smell to show another sign of her insanity The smell that comes from her home is so bad that it causes her neighbors to complain to the judge insisting on a mandatory clean-up This horrible smell however does not seem to
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