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Power and Love in A Rose for Emily One of the most frequently anthologized stories by William Faulkner A Rose for Emily is the remarkable story of Emily Grierson an aging spinster in Jefferson whose death and funeral draws the attention of the entire town the men through sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument the women mostly out of curiosity The unnamed narrator which can be identified as the town in a seemingly haphazard way relates key moments in Emilys life In this story Faulkner discusses the struggle for power relative to love Emily believes that power and love are synonymous The first part of Emilys life is spent with her father Mr Grierson Two cousins visit her a while after her fathers death but otherwise no other family members are mentioned Emilys father has great control over her actions He has power to keep her from finding a life outside of his We remembered all the young men her father had driven away Emily learns through her relationship with her father that the only way to love is through power He dies when Emily is about 30 years old and while it gives her freedom she mourns his death The power held over her which Emily interprets as love is gone Emily never experiences a normal relationship The townspeople do not feel affection for her in the traditional sense Instead they regard Emily as a tradition a duty and a care a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town Emily is somewhat of a recluse After her fathers death she is not seen for a long time Two years later after her lover Homer Barron disappears she stays alone inside her house for at least ten years During this time her only relationship with another person is with her manservent or Negro Tobe This relationship mimics that with her father in that she holds power over him Faulkners reference to Tobe
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