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The townspeoples attitudes in A Rose for Emily are typical of a small town Small towns have the distinction of containing the nosiest and most judgmental people that exist Having been born and raised in a small town in Mississippi I completely understand the townspeople in A Rose for Emily It is mainly the women that are concerned with others business They have nothing to do during the day so they sit and gossip with each other Questions get asked while these women sit and gossip and if no one knows the answers then assumptions are made In A Rose for Emily these assumptions are evident The attitude of the townspeople is truly indicative of a small townThe first mystery Faulkner introduces us to is the house Right away Faulkner says When Miss Emily Grierson died our whole town went to her funeral the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house72 This quote shows the inherent nosiness of the women of the town The women wish to see the inside of the house because Miss Emily never had any visitors so no one really knew what the inside was like Women inherently want to see comment and critique the inside of anothers home When someone of Miss Emilys stature denies them this privilege it increases the curiosity and rumors The last people to see the house were the aldermen trying to collect taxes and they were quickly thrown out Besides them the only person who saw the inside was her servant Tobe whom the women seem to question every time they see him to find out details These details did little to satisfy them because they pondered so much about this mysterious womanThe next question posed to the reader is the issue of Miss Emily marrying It was uncommon in those days for a young lady to be single and without children It did not help that Miss Emilys
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