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The South following the end of the civil war was a region forced into undesired rapid change and disruption Life for every Southerner as they had once known was completely altered forever African-Americans were granted freedom Northern carpetbaggers migrated to the South in search of money and the grandeur of the elite white upper-class disappeared overnight If William Faulkners A Rose for Emily were to have taken place in any other environment then the strong symbolism binding the death of Emily Grierson to the death of the great South would be nonexistent Faulkner uses the tragic life of Emily to depict the tragic fall of the South after the Civil War Faulkner begins the short story with by referring to Emily Grierson as a fallen monument This fallen monument could also refer to the destruction left behind in the South at the end of the Civil War Many homes and fixtures that had once been proud symbols of Southern heritage and grandeur were now left in shambles Emily lived and died in a home that had been set on what had been our most select street and by the time of her death was referred to as an eyesore among eyesores The rise and fall of Emilys life in her home also shadows the rise and fall of the South Before the war Emilys home and family were a party to the elite south The confederate mayor of Jackson forwent the taxes on her home after the death of her father She was living the life of a true Southern Belle After the Civil War Emilys life rapidly changed She received letters form the tax collectors people complained about the smell of her home and her home fell into ruin Life for Emily was in shambles The decline Emilys life also symbolizes the decline of the South The South is commonly identified as being conservative and stagnant deeply entrenched in maintaining tradition In the
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