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Posted October 28, 2007 at 1:40 PM via web

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To what extent do concepts of honor and tradition influence the actions in "A Rose For Emily"?

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renelane | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Educator

Posted October 28, 2007 at 6:52 PM (Answer #1)

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Emily is a tradition in the town. The way she is regarded, and exceptions made for her show this. The town felt that she was "a tradition, a duty, and a care " that had to be upheld. When the smell was getting overwhelming, the town would not ask her about it, because first, it was Miss Emily, and second, she was a lady.

When she died and they discovered Homer, they took care of the situation, saving Miss Emily's reputation.

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