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William Faulkners A Rose for Emily is a short story about a woman of enduring character Miss Emily uses the past to exert her will over the townspeople of Jefferson She possesses an unrelenting outlook towards life and she refuses to change Miss Emily is from a well to do family which has long since lost its fortune but not its aristocratic thinking and bearing She holds herself aloof from the rest of the town because this is how she was raised Her father was a very domineering man and controlled everything Miss Emily did so when he passed away Miss Emily felt lost Times are changing and all that Miss Emily knows is changing too The only way for Miss Emily to survive is by holding onto the past and to continue to live the only way she knows how When the ladies of the town call upon her the day after her fathers death they believe that Miss Emily will more humanized but this was not to be She met them at the door and was dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face 31 She denies that her father is dead because she has escaped to the past and doesnt want to accept that she is alone She tries to change her life a little with Homer Barron Although he is not in what the townspeople feel is Miss Emilys social class she chooses to defy the very upbringing she lives by and see him anyway Their relationship doesnt last and this makes Miss Emily realize that she will be alone again if Homer leaves so she takes measures to ensure that he will always stay with her Miss Emily has once again become aloof Now and then we would see her at a window for a moment as when the men did that night when they sprinkled the lime but for almost six months she did not
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