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Miss Emily still represented and stood for the beliefs of the Old South while the New south generation stood back and allowed her to bask in this illusion According to a prominent critic Elizabeth Sabiston Emily is a gothic character 142 Sabiston is referring to Emily that way because of the fact that she slept with the skeleton of her lover for forty years Miss Emily added a mystical tone the mood of the story due to her incapability of being able to live in reality Watson 180 She was awfully stubborn to the townspeople This stubbornness also ties in with Emilys ability to live in reality After she refuses to Nichols 2 pay her taxes directly to the mayor she tells them to go and see Colonel Satoris who has been dead for ten years This portrays that Emilys illusion of reality was greatly distorted Arthur Voss a notable critic compares Miss Emily Grierson to the outstanding Mrs Havisham of the famous story by Dickens Great Expectations Both are motivated by their lovers isolate themselves in old decaying houses and refuse to recognize that time has passed Both characters are proud disdainful and independent Voss 249 This comparison shows the importance of characterizationMiss Emily who shuts herself from the world around her and doesnt want any contact with it When the town saw her a while after her fathers death she was described as sort of tragic and serene 77 which represents the condition of the south at that time and even when the modern times were coming around and a newer generation became the backbone and the spirit of the town 79 the south or Miss Emily remained the same locking herself in the past the front door closed upon the last onepainting student and remained closed for good 79 Miss Emily wouldnt even allow the smallest changes to occur such as putting metal numbers on her door Miss Emilys Negro servant
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