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For Richer or Poorer A Rose for Emily

            Just because someone is blessed with an abundant amount of money, doesn’t guarantee them happiness. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Ernest Hemmingway’s “A Clean Well Lighted Place”, the main characters do not suffer from inadequate wealth but lack something that is priceless. In “A Rose for Emily,” Emily’s loneliness creates emptiness inside her she struggles to fulfill. The old deaf man in “A Clean Well Lighted Place” lacks the ability to have a good night sleep. But the similarities between these two characters are represented through two completely different points of view. “A Rose for Emily” is told through the townspeople’s point of view while “A Clean Well Lighted Place” is told through both the young and old waiter. Though both story’s points of view are the third person, the narrators in each story share differing views towards the main characters. The main characters are similar in riches and emptiness. .
             In “A Rose for Emily,” because of Miss Emily’s social status, the townspeople never would confront her about issues that they were concerned about. She came from a very prosperous family that provided funding for the town and demanded respect from the people around them. She was even exempt from paying taxes to the city because of her family prestige. “Colonel Sartoris invented an involved tale to the effect that Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying. Only a man of Colonel Sartoris’ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it” (Faulkner 29). Besides being the daughter of the Greirsons, she has done nothing for the town and should pay taxes. .
             Another example of when the townspeople refused to confront Miss Emily was when her house reeked of a nauseating smell.