How can I write about "A Rose for Emily" intertextually?i want to write that in essay form

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Intertextuality is defined as the relationship between different texts. "A Rose for Emily" is related to many other Faulkner stories. In fact, some of the characters like Colonel Sartoris are in many other Faulkner novels and stories. The story's setting is in Jefferson City located in the fictional Yoknapatawpha County in Mississippi where many other Faulkner stories are set.Most importantly, though, the themes and characterizations in "A Rose for Emily" are typical of Faulkner. Many of Faulkner's characters "become grotesque when they seize upon some way of ordering their experience and impose it on their worlds without regard for the consequences." This, of course is what happens to Emily. It also occurs to Abner Snopes in "Barn Burning" and his son, Flem, in "Lizards in Jamshyd's Courtyard". In addition, Faulkner's themes are related to those of other authors like Herman Melville, Joseph Conrad and Sherwood Anderson. All of these authors try to find the meaning of life but seem to find only different fragments of meaning, not an entire creed on which to base one's life. Thus, you can choose to discuss how "A Rose for Emily" relates to other Faulkner stories, or how the story relates to stories by other others who echo some of the same themes as Faulkner. See the links below for more ideas.

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