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Setting is place and time and often provides more than a mere backdrop for the action of a story William Faulkner uses this device in his complex short story A Rose for Emily to give insight into the lonely world of Miss Emily Grierson Faulkner portrays the townspeople and Emily in the southern town of Jefferson during the late 1800s to early 1900s The town is more than just the setting in the story it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character It is the main reasoning behind Emilys attitude and actions It gives the reader an easier understanding unto why Emily makes the decisions she does as the story unwindsThe town of Jefferson was deeply indirectly involved in the life of Emily Grierson They watched and debated her every move being her analyst they wondering why she did certain things They had their own idea of who she was and what they wanted her to be The reason being was that the aristocratic Grierson family that her father headed was very highly recognized in the past era of the Confederacy Her father had much power and was close to a past very popular mayor named Colonel Sartoris His power over Emily can be seen in a portrait of the two that the narrator describes Emily a slender woman in white in the background her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground his back to her and clutching a horsewhip 141 He does in fact control her like a horse never allowing her to date anyone And until his death she indeed does notAfter Emilys father dies we find her becoming involved with a gay man named Homer Baron who she probably believes she will eventually marry It is her continual relying on a male figure that gets Emily in this situation It is the setting in which she lye that has this impact on her thought and understanding We eventually find
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