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The story of A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner is written with the influence of traditional ways and attitudes of the old South with true insight Faulkner a writer brought up in the South displays the upbringing and lifestyles of people in a town called Jefferson The story reflects the life of Emily Grierson who too is a southern woman Her upbringing by a stern father leads to her slow journey through a secluded life to her death and shows how following the traditions of her father leads her to a life of pain Faulkners theme then is how clinging on to the past can harm you when all other surrounding aspects of life are changing To understand Faulkners theme one must understand the characters As the female protagonist Emily is an example of a bygone era She is from an upper class where family name is venerated and is to be maintained at almost any cost Faulkner emphasizes this many times by saying She carried her head high enough as if she demanded more than ever the recognition of her dignity as the last Grierson469 and and the high and mighty Griersons467 In the end of the story officials do not pursue her lovers disappearance for the exact reason that they do not force her to pay taxes which is also the reason Emily does not rebel against her father and his wishes This is all due to the fact that she is a Grierson Faulkner also states that none of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such 468 Her father under the appearance of protection which is actually control chases away all of her suitors not because they are not good enough but so that he may keep her for his own housekeeper Faulkner gives a description of Emily and then says and about the eye sockets as you imagine a light house-keepers face ought to
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