scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 656
William Faulkner stated that another sad and tragic manifestation of mans condition is in which he dreams and hopes in which he is in conflict with himself or with his environment or with others Faulkner 79-80 In A Rose for Emily a young girl Emily Grierson faces a rather tragic life and undergoes conflict like that described by Faulkner Much of Emilys conflict is internal and stems from her inability to let go of her past This is seen through out Faulkners short tale in examples such as Emilys refusal to pay taxes and the murdering of Homer Barron In 1894 the mayor of the town Colonel Sartoris remitted Emilys taxes He created a story saying that her father had loaned money to the town but in actuality the Colonel felt obligated to somehow take care of the monumental young lady since her father passed away However the generations of mayors following Colonel Sartoris were not quite so generous and constantly requested that Miss Emily pay her taxes But she continued to refuse and would not let go of her past experiences with Colonel Sartoris She argued that the authorities must see Colonel Sartoris I have no taxes in Jefferson 74 Emilys stubbornness to accommodate to the new town officials and their request of taxes supports the argument that Emily is unable to deal with conflicts because she is unable to let go of the pastAlong with her refusal to pay taxes Emilys murder of her lover Homer Barron also emphasizes her desire to hold on to the past Emilys lover plans on leaving her so she murders him lying him down next to where she lays in bed At this point in the story Emily is trying to stop time and embrace the joyous moment she has with her lover still there with her In her killing of Homer she is holding onto the past- she is attempting to hold on to the relationship
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA