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The New Vs The Old in A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning William Faulkners A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning both are an imaginary fiction of a Mississippi country in Yoknapatawpha Each story is symbolic of the changes in the South during the representative period In A Rose for Emily Faulkner contrasted the past with the present era The past was represented in Emily herself in Colonel Sartor is in the old Negro servant and in the Board of Alderman who accepted the Colonels attitude toward Emily and rescinded her taxes Miss Emily was referred to as a fallen monument in the story She was a monument of Southern gentility an ideal of past values but fallen because she had shown herself susceptible to death and decay By the time the representatives of the new progressive Board of Aldermen waited on her concerning her delinquent taxes she had already completely retreated to her world in the past Just as Emily refused to acknowledge the death of her father she also refused to recognize the death of colonel Sartoris who had died ten years ago He had given his word and according to the traditional view of that time his word knew no death When Emily was threatened with the desertion and disgrace she not only took refuge in the world of the past but also took Homer with her in the only manner possible which is death Emilys room above the stairs was a timeless meadow In it the living Emily and the dead Homer remained together as though not even death could separate them In the simplest scene the story says that death conquers all However in the setting of this story it is the past of the South in which the retrospective survivors of the Civil War deny changing the customs and the passage of time Emily conquered time but only briefly and by retreating into her rose-tinted
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