Untouchable Rose

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An Untouchable Rose

The story, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner in 1900‘s, is about one woman’s life, from her being a teen to her death in her home. The town’s people did not like her, her family did not like her, but when she died, everybody showed up to Miss Emily’s Funeral. The only person to see Emily was her old manservant, a black man that was the cook and the gardener. The only time that the town would see him was when he went to the grocery store to shop. He would never talk to anybody while he was there. Miss Emily was not always alone. When she was younger, her father lived at the house with her. He was a man without his sanity. When ever a male would come to the house to see Emily, he would greet them at the door, and see them off before Emily could even say hello. The town used this excuse for Emily when her father died. The town had always respected Emily. She was “A slender figure in white,” as contrasted with her father, who was described as “a spraddled silhouette.” After the death of her father she became distant and aloof. Miss Emily seems to live in a sort of fantasy world where death has no real meaning. Miss Emily refuses to accept or even recognize, the death of her father or that of Colonel Sartor is . She does not want to acknowledge the fact that the world around her was changing therefore Miss Emily surrounds her self with death. Everyone in town thought she had gone crazy. Even through all her mysterious actions the town still respected her. She represented something in the past of the community and they kept their distance. Emily is given the “respectful affection of a fallen monument”. Everyone tries in his/her own way to reach out to her. The authorities came to her house, the minister dropped by, and “a few of the ladies had the nerve to show sympathy. Next, was the confrontation that…...

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