Tirzah Campbell Instructor Hugetz English 1301.20 Com 1 9 December 2012 Unchangeable Emily The story begins with the death of Emily Grierson, who is the last of her wealthy upper class family. From there the story is told in a random series of events to give the reader hints of Emily’s surprising secret. Emily’s resistance to change causes a theme of decay that affects every aspect of her life. In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” Emily’s arrogance, reclusiveness, and possessiveness demonstrate her refusal to adapt to the present. One of the characteristics that prevents Emily from adapting to the present is arrogance. Raised in an upper class family from the South, Emily believes that she is entitled to whatever she desires. Emily’s arrogance isolates her from everyone in the town, even the druggest. When Emily asks the druggest for arsenic, he is required by law to ask her how she plans to use it, but instead of answering, she intimidates him to get what she wants: “Miss Emily…stared at him…eye for eye, until he looked away” (Faulkner 793). Emily’s wealthy father and spoiled upbringing have made her arrogant which prevents her from being normal. Whether the townspeople approve or disapprove of Emily’s arrogant behavior, there is little they can do to stop her because they continually have allowed her to get away with it for so long: “Thus she passed from generation to generation –dear, inescapable, impervious, tranquil, and perverse” (Faulkner 795). Emily is the private type; she never allows anyone to get close to her
other than her love interest Homer. The townspeople watch Emily out of curiosity to see what “crazy” thing she will do next. The people rejoice when they hear that Emily’s father has left her with no money because she will soon understand what it is like to be normal. Another characteristic that prevents Emily from adapting to the present is reclusiveness. Emily’s home remains in the same...
Cited: Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.” The Norton Field Guide to Writing with Readings and Handbook. 2nd ed. Ed. Richard Bullock, Maureen Daly Goggin, and Francine Weinberg. New York: Norton, 2010. 787-796. Print.
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