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Furthermore there are many contradictions in the story the encompass the theme of change The major paradox is the main character Emily In the story when the townspeople describe her death they use the word perverse but when her life is described she was inescapable impervious and tranquil Also Faulkner constrasted teh past and present era of the stouth The past being before the Civil War and the present being after The elements that represent the past are Emly Colonel Sartoris the old Negro and the Board of Alderman The present is symbolized by the new Board of Alderman and Emilys love Homer Barron The changes after the war were not readily apparent though events like the death of Emily gave the townspeople an awakening the life was changing Emily definitley represents the past in this story but also represents the fact that changing is hard to do Emily did not belive in death and refuses to believe that her father is dead until the townspeople were about to resort to law and force Emily herself was described almost as a living idol She was characterised as an aristocrat and this is evident when the townspeople describe the Griersons as being high and mighty According to Davis she is described as if she is some sort of sacred vault when the narrator talks about Emily being submerged in motionless water Davis The critic goes on to say that the room and corpse are described as if they are the accounterments of an ancient toumb By doing so he enhances the plot and presents two different perspectives of time held by the characters The first perspective the world of the present views time as a mechanical progression in which the past is a diminishing road The second perspective the world of tradition and the past views the past as a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches divided from them now by the narrow
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