Since the beginning of Industrialization, between European and American countries/states, in the 19th century, a dramatic change from modernization reflected in society's methods, ideas, and lifestyles. For example, when the first American train was developed it eventually led to cars and buses. Also, women had a standard position at home, but now they are allowed to have any freedom reflected on their clothes, jobs, and identity overall. Having said, Americans began to focus so much on the modern world and neglect tradition. In the short story "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, emphasizes on the evolution of industrialization using characters such as Emily to reflect on tradition. William Faulkner uses the symbol of death, society's view on modernization, and ignorance on tradition, highly developed throughout the last two centuries, that is changing humanity and its ideology forever.
The word "death" can be best defined as, a permanent ending of something or someone loving and irreplaceable. Therefore, in this story, understanding the true message and relating death to society's views is important. First, the author emphasizes how the death of this woman named Emily, was such a shocker to the city of Jefferson because she was such a major attraction to them. As the author states the moment of Emily's death, " our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of a curiosity to see the inside of her house" (Faulkner 299). Based on this statement, the point of view is being told as the voice of the townspeople. Faulkner brings up how the death of Emily was so significant to the people of Jefferson, mainly because of the fact that she was one of the last parts of 'real tradition'. In addition to that, the men described Emily as a "fallen monument" which signifies the fall of tradition that many people had identified.