Response to William Faulkners “A Rose for Emily”

Response to William Faulkner “A Rose for Email’ William Faulkner “A Rose for Emily” suggests that Emily was a victim of the values of the old South. Emily bucks the traditions of the south over and over again. Growing up her father would shoot all the guys she showed any Interest In. She was never really showed how to be respectful to men. Miss Emily came off as rude because she lacked the social skills that everyone else had in that time. In my opinion Emily is not a symbol of the Old South because she was the complete opposite of a traditional Oman.

I disagree with the Idea of Emily Grievers being a symbol of the South because she did not have the traditional ways of a woman in that time period. Emily was no southern belle, she had her own traditions, she did things her way, and gave no explanation to no one. For example, the dreggiest asks Emily what she needs arsenic for, “Miss Emily Just stared at him. Her head tilted back In order to look him eye for eye, until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up” (page number).

Emily refused to answer his question even though It was the law. Another tradition of the south was to marry within ones class and maintain “noblesse oblige” (247). Emily chose to date Homer Barron, a Yankee, a day laborer, which goes to show she doesn’t follow traditions nor does she care what society has to say about it. Emily was sent a letter about not paying her taxes and she chose not to respond, so the city authorities had to show up at her door. Her voice was dry and cold. L have no taxes In Jefferson. Colonel Sartor explained to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves”(245). In this time period you did not speak to authorities like this, especially a female to a male, that was Just unheard of, but Emily did not care. I do believe that Miss Emily was a victim of the Old South for several reasons, but the mall one being that she was raised by her father. He was the only man she knew how to love because that was the way he wanted it.

Her father made her independent but only to certain extent because she didn’t want to let go of her fathers dead body. The townspeople said “We believed she had to do that. We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (247). Emily is a victim of the Old South because she cannot help the way her father raised her. She knew nothing else, maybe if her father would have gotten her husband she would have learned to be the traditional woman of the South.

In conclusion, Emily was far from being a symbol of the old south because she lacked all of the traditions and respects that woman of that time period had. Her house always had a horrible smell and she had servants to do all the cleaning and cooking opposed to other women. Also, she talked to men with a certain rudeness that was UN heard of back then. I do believe that Emily Grievers was a victim of the 1 OFF of a husband, and scared off all the men that showed interest in her maybe her life would have turned out differently.