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chavis85 | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted March 23, 2010 at 8:19 AM via web

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In "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner describe the towns feelings toward Emily. Explain what the people dislike about her & why they miss her

also tell why she was important to them and the town as a whole

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Doug Stuva | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

Posted March 23, 2010 at 8:30 AM (Answer #1)

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First, in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," I'm not sure the town does miss her.  I don't see any evidence of that. 

Concerning the town's attitude toward her, that would be for the most part the same as the narrator's.  The narrator is the townspeople, or at least one of them.  He reveals whatever information the town knows about her, whatever the town experiences of her and her house.

The narrator tells the reader that early on the townspeople think Emily a little high and mighty.  They think she is a bit self-important.  As her father dies and Homer leaves her (as far as they know at the time), though, they feel like she has been brought down and begin to not resent her so much.

In general, in addition to the above, the townspeople think she's a bit weird and spooky, and certainly eccentric. 

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted March 23, 2010 at 8:56 AM (Answer #2)

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Miss Emily and her father had always presented themselves as being above the people in his town.  The townspeople felt that they were viewed as lesser by Emily and her father.  For example, no man in the town was good enough for his daughter when he was alive.  Miss Emily also demands that she not have to pay taxes because her father had made an agreement with the previous town council.

After Miss Emily's father's death and her effort not to let his body leave and her being left penniless, the townspeople started to feel sorry for her.  They began to realize that she was all alone left in a world that one time she mentally ruled in but now can barley be a player.  They send their children to her to take pottery painting.

The reason that the town people need Emily is because she like her home and the old South are the last of their kind.  To them she represents the good in the Old South and the dynamics of change.

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted March 23, 2010 at 11:08 AM (Answer #3)

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The previous posts were accurate concerning the townspeople's feelings toward the title character in William Faulkner's short story, "A Rose for Emily." I agree that not many people will miss Miss Emily: She had few, if any, friends, and her abrasive personality and high and mighty ways were not likely to be appreciated in any age. She may be missed most as a primary subject of gossip in Jefferson, a curious relic of the past whose rare appearances and secrecy remained a topic of conversation for decades. Her link to the past may have seemed important to some of the townspeople, but it was not generally served in a positive light by Miss Emily.

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