William Faulkner (1897 "" 1967) is known for his epic picture of the tragic conflict between the old and the new South. In fact, the majority of his works depict the period from pre civil war days to the early 1960ÃÂÃÂ´s. ÃÂÃÂ¨A rose for EmilyÃÂÃÂ¨ in particular, shows the falling off in importance, that the South suffered.
A rose for Emily is story full of symbols which represent the deterioration of the South. The house and Emily herself stand for the combination of the past and the present, that is, the old South and the new one.
From the first reading, the reader can understand that Emily Grienson grew up in the lap of luxury. However, she also had a lonely existence. Emily could not get over from his father's death, not even her lover's sexual preference.
Forty years later, after Emily died, the townspeople entered the house that few had visited since Mr.
GriensonÃÂÃÂ´s death and something unexpected was found. At that precise moment, everybody remembered the terrible smell that the GriensonÃÂÃÂ´s house had emanated since her lover's disappearance.
I strongly recommend William Faulkner's story because it gives a clear picture of a decaying south as well as a obscure mind of an insane but incompressible woman.