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A Rose for Emily In William Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily the main character Emily Grierson is a woman completely isolated from her town She has grown up her whole life in the same house with the same butler and primarily the company of only her father Emilys family had been wealthy however after the civil war their money had run short As the story progresses it is revealed that Emily may be living a stranger life than Faulkner allows the reader to see Faulkner uses elements of the view the townspeople have and their gossip about Emily Emilys relationship with her father along with family history and her relationship with Homer Baron to explain her actions Throughout the story the gossip from the town informs the reader of their view of Emilys life It seemed as if no one in the town had anything interesting in their lives and lived through the gossip of Emily Throughout Emilys life all of the people in the town pitied her estranging her from the community Her house was in the center of town and was an eyesore among eyesores ever since the revolution As Emily grew older she became stubborn and still believed she did not have to pay taxes and she did not This further outkasted her from the town and allowed for further ridicule and gossip to circulate The gossip leads the reader to believe that Emilys strange ways are in part her fathers doings and might explain why she committed these heinous acts Emily did not have the individual confidence or self-esteem to believe that she could stand-alone and succeed at life especially while the outside world was changing and she was not She had always allowed the men in her life to rule her Throughout Emilys life her father was very strict and required her to stay home much of the time He also did not allow her
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