This analysis is an edited (June 18, 2014) version of the origin post of July 20, 2006.
Trudy A. Martinez
In the story “A Rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner, Faulkner establishes a historical morality of a southern heritage, a pattern, intricately woven within the story. The pattern engulfs Emily Grierson, the main character, a descendant of an old, southern, social elite family, who is bred accustom to the best of everything; she demands the rights of her heritage. Emily acts above reproach, above change, determining to maintain her image.
Faulkner builds on the intricate web through his reference to change that encompasses a southern town and its inhabitants following the Civil War. As progress encroaches upon a once elite route in a small community, the route becomes an intermingling eyesore of decaying mansions and the ugliness of progression within a society.
The narrator portrays the significance of an illusion of decay and the ugliness of a…
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