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a rose for emily

            You might be able to take William Faulkner out of the South (as he, himself, .
             attempted to do when he moved his family to England for a time), but you could never .
             take the South out of William Faulkner. He lived it, breathed it and suffered for it as he .
             carried with him all of his life the image of the once proud Southern aristocracy, of which .
             his family had been esteemed members, disintegrated following the Civil War. The .
             deterioration of the Southern plantation society, the feelings of rage at a lost culture (and.
             innocence) and the predator (master) and prey (slave) mentality which still existed in the .
             South were common threads woven throughout the tapestry of Faulkner's writings, and .
             these themes are especially evident in the short stories, "A Rose For Miss Emily," "Barn .
             Burning." .
             William Faulkner blamed the wealthy social elite of old for much of the South's .
             ills, insisting "that the aristocratic south is responsible for its own degeneration and that .
             the ravages of war only symbolize the consequences of inward decay" (Vickery 13). In .
             "A Rose for Emily," the color yellow, used frequently as an adjective, symbolizes this .
             deathly decay. By denying social changes instead of embracing them, the southern.
             aristocrats were, in essence, their own worst enemy, for this self-destructive behavior .
             obliterated any contributions they could have made to the new South. In "A Rose for .
             Miss Emily," the aging Southern belle, Emily Grierson, was one of the few tangible .
             remnants of the bygone Southern "glory days." As the third-person narrator (obviously a .
             neighbor) remarked, "Only Miss Emily's house was left. Lifting its stubborn and .
             coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps -- an eyesore among .
             eyesores" (Faulkner "A Rose for Miss Emily" 433). As reflected in the post-Civil War.
             south, decay was also pervasive in Miss Emily's life and her home, which had seen better .

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