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William Faulkners A Rose for Emily Critics may say a romantic story cannot realistically illustrate the evolving South William Faulkner proves this wrong in his short story A Rose for Emily Through heavy use of symbolism Faulkner uses a deranged womans life as a literary ploy A Rose for Emily is one of William Faulkners best constructed representations of the relationship between the past and present in the South William Faulkner was born in New Albany Mississippi on September 25 1897 He was actually given the name William Falkner but added the u later His father worked on railroads owned by his grandfather Faulkners great-grandfather William C Falkner had originally purchased the railroad As an important historical figure he greatly influenced William Faulkners writing William C Faulkner arrived in Mississippi as a poor youth but he managed to become a plantation owner railroad builder author and even the colonel of the Second Mississippi Regiment In 1902 Faulkners grandfather sold the railroads and the family was forced to begin again in Oxford Unger 524525 The Faulkner family bought a large aged house in the midst of town square The constant flow of people allowed Faulkner to observe the variety of personalities the South had to offer Moss 41 In the same year of their arrival William Faulkners grandmother moved in with the family Her unwavering standards opposing alcohol and profanity were significant in Faulkners upbringing He dropped out of high school in the tenth grade and began working for his grandfather at the bank Faulkner had wanted to join the military but because of height requirements he was unable Faulkner was determined and through a faked British accent and forged letter of recommendation he was accepted into the Royal Canadian Air Force Though he trained he never saw combat After World War I he left the air force and attended the University of Mississippi Holman 52 He attended the university only a year before dropping out
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