A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

In "A Rose for Emily", Emily, a lady of a noble origin, finds herself alone in small town in the Old South. The townspeople there turn their back on her because of her origin, although they have always been present at all of the events that marked her life, until the day she died. Emily's social isolation is evident through the development of the elements of character and events.

The main reason that led the locals to isolate Emily was the fact that she came from a respectable and prestigious family, in a time where most of the people were poor. The fact that she lives in a big house and has a colored servant to work for her, it is something that make the locals feel that Emily is not one of them, and therefore it is only logical to put her aside.

In addition, it is also her attitude towards the townspeople that showed that she differentiated herself from them, that she felt that she was somehow superior to them: "she carried her head high enough" (32). But it is not her fault. She had been brought up to believe that she's someone special, better than the rest of the people, and that is the reason why she never got married. Her father believed that no one would ever be good enough for his daughter, and thus he turned away all the men that asked for Emily's hand. So, Emily had only her father to protect and take care of her, and now that he is dead, she found herself all alone. She doesn't have anyone to protect her, and furthermore, she's left with no money, but for the house that she...