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the end justice must prevail. The theme is best illustrated by its point of view, its characterization, and setting. Faulkner represents his point of view using both first and third person to translate his theme. The story is being told by Sartoris Snopes who is a boy at the time the story takes place. Throughout the story he shifts from first to third person narrative voices. At times in the story he would speak as only a child would, then something would be said by him which was too knowledgeable...

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Emily Faulkners a Rose for Emily

through the mayor, Colonel Sartoris. Emily was led to believe by a fabricated story told by Colonel Sartoris, that her father had loaned money to the town of Jefferson. The fabrication of this story was the reason for mayor Colonel Sartoris remitting her taxes. Emily believed this tale to be true. She became lost in transition once again; what was conceived to be truth in Emily’s eyes was not true in the eyes of the people of Jefferson. Ten years after Colonel Sartoris’ death, Emily insisted she...

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A Rose for Emily

states that her father is not dead, a charade that she keeps up for three days. She finally turns her father’s body over for burial. In a once-elegant, upscale neighborhood, Emily’s house is the last vestige of the grandeur of a lost era. Colonel Sartoris, the town’s previous mayor, had suspended Emily’s tax responsibilities to the town after her father’s death, justifying the action by claiming that Mr. Grierson had once lent the community a significant sum. As new town leaders take over, they make...

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Barn Burning 13

Sartoris's cavalry. "He was! He was in the war!… it meant noting and less than nothing to him if it were enemy booty or his."(Faulkner pg.171). However, beyond Sarty's knowledge, the narrator reveals that Abner was not a brave soldier of Colonel Sartoris' cavalry, instead an un-uniformed soldier looking for booty. Through Sarty's analysis of Abner, he is able to really see the irrational mind and logic of his father. And through fear of becoming like his father, Sarty decides to take a stand against...

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The Insight Into “a Rose for Emily”

hereditary obligation upon the town” (Faulkner 391). When her father died she was incapable of paying taxes so Colonel Sartoris stepped up and said her father had loaned money to the town so she did not have to pay taxes. But then came the new south where Colonel Sartoris had ceased and the next generation was forcing her to pay her taxes but she would refuse saying speak to Colonel Sartoris “When the next generation, with its more modern ideas, became mayors and aldermen, this arrangement created some...

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A Rose for Emily: Plot Summary 8

been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town, dating from that day in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris, the mayor… remitted her taxes the dispensation dating from the death of her father on into perpetuity." The townspeople weren't asked to take care of the full grown woman, yet they felt that she was their responsibility. Colonel Sartoris even made up a story to allow Miss Emily not to have to pay her taxes. Using the word perpetuity, Faulkner was able to create that...

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"A Rose for Emily" Research Paper

are considered strong and powerful. Time and change in the community were the antagonists in this short story. Miss Emily believed that her family was better than anyone else just because of their name. After her fathers’ death, mayor Colonel Sartoris told Emily that her father loaned the town money and that she would not have to pay her taxes in order for repayment on the loan. Things began to change and the community leaders no longer wanted to allow Miss Emily to evade her taxes. Miss Emily...

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Comparing and Contrasting "Barn Burning" and "A Rose for Emily"

cellar door and sprinkled lime there, and in all the outbuildings” (Emily 81). This illustrates how helpless Miss Emily was to extinguish the smell by herself and how the townsfolk respected her enough to preserve her dignity. The fact that Colonel Sartoris had to invent the story that “Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying” (Emily 79), in reference to her taxes being remitted, illustrates how prideful she was, and her...

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A Rose for Emily character

torment before her father’s death, she then became criticized for her every action by the townspeople. She really couldn’t turn to anyone, because she felt no one could understand. Apparently, Emily’s father left her with nothing when he died. Colonel Sartoris invented a story explaining the remittance of Emily’s taxes (the town’s method of paying back a loan to her father) to save her from the embarrassment of accepting charity. The fact that Emily was tax exempted is an example of the authority she possesses...

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The Creation of Self: A Story of Father and SOn

Burning tells the tale of a young boy who betrays, and indirectly kills, his father in order to satisfy his burgeoning sense of right and wrong. At the beginning of The Barn Burning a boy named Colonel Sartoris Snopes is watching the trial of his father for an unproven barn burning. Colonel Sartoris Snopes is the son of Abner Snopes from The Unvanquished. Abner Snopes is found not guilty in the trial and the Snopes family moves out of town to a new sharecropper’s share. The land is owned by Major...

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