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In American society it has become a second nature for people to put others on a pedestal thus allowing a harsher criticism of their actions This practice provides members of society with less time to evaluate their own faults The townspeople in William Faulkners A Rose for Emily separated Emily Grierson from themselves on the basis of family status Throughout the story they continuously place her actions as being on a higher level than those of other people in the town in order to put her actions under a harsher scrutinization than their own When Homer Barron comes to their town the townspeople watch in earnest to see how the relationship between he and Emily develops As it progresses the people begin to add the town constructed model of how Emily should behave to their evaluation of the affair between her and Homer Though it would perhaps have been considered acceptable for another woman of the town to fall in love with such a man they consoled themselves that a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner a day laborerPg 74 They set her up as the model of their small society so that when she fails they have a soul upon which to place the blame for the wrongs in their society For not a long period of time had elapses before some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example to the young people Amongst the swirling disapproval of the relationship between Homer and Emily the town seeks emotional guidance for Emily in the form of her two cousins So she had blood - kin under her roof again and they sat back to watch the developments Emily and her tribulations in life have become a form of entertainment When a person is placed so high above others by their peers the subconscious expectation by their peers is that the person
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