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Changing Times An Interpretation of A Rose for Emily The main theme in William Faulkners short story A Rose for Emily represents holding on the past Emily Grierson held a view of the past as if it were a rose-tinted place where nothing would change Her world was always part of the past even when the modern times were about to enter into her life she would retreat into the safety of what she knew the past Living in the past is a concept people still believe daily It is not a bad concept as long as the individual can accept and move on with the changes in the modern world The acceptance of change is noted to include your home also Emily Griersons house was not modern inside or out It was a big squarish frame house that had once been white decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies87 This house was considered an eyesore among eyesores set on what had been a premier street This eyesore would help barricade and protect Emily from the hostile world and changing times The modern world can be a hectic time New concepts ideas and gadgets can intimidate an individual into complete solitude Fears will take over because of the unknown or unwilling As with Emily she did not leave her house or allow visitors except her hired help The Negro man went in and out with the market basket but the front door remained closed Now and then we would see her at a window for a moment92 The safety of an individuals house is a great comfort to them when a fear of the outside world has developed The past can comfort an individual and help them deal with the now Emily used the past to evade an obligation Emily grew up with the notion that her father had loaned the town of Jefferson
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