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"A Rose for Emily," written by William Faulkner, "Good Country People" by Flannery O'Connor, "The Birthmark" by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Toni Cade Barbara's "The Lesson" all share a common theme of isolation. The four stories also share a common thread in each of these short stories is the protagonist's arrogance and pride leads to their ultimate downfall. The story “A Rose for Emily” is told by an unknown narrator who lives in the town of Jefferson Mississippi. The reader is introduced to the protagonist Emily Grierson through the news of her death. Emily is the daughter of one of Jefferson's finest families, when Emily was young she was described as being one of the most beautiful ladies in Jefferson. The Grierson's as a family are very proud. The narrator gives an example of this in the following line, "People in our town…believed that the Griersons’ held themselves a little too high for what they really were" (Faulkner 3). According to Faulkner the Greisons’ home, in its heyday, was located on one of Jefferson’s “most select street” (Faulkner 1). Emily’s character could be described as dynamic because she changes dramatically throughout the story. The reader meets Emily as an old, recluse who lives in an dilapidated house her only company a man servant named Toby. As the story progresses the reader starts to find out what the exact circumstances were that caused Emily to become this person. As a young girl Emily led a very sheltered life. Emily met the town ladies at the door in complete denial. She refused to acknowledge that her father was dead. Emily’s financial and emotional lifestyle Groves 2 changed drastically after her father’s passing. “When her father died…….the house was all that was left to her,” Emily was left alone “and a pauper” (Faulkner 3). The reader can only imagine how her...
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