Paragraph 55 of "A Rose for Emily"Chapter 55 begins with "The two female cousins came at once." I am looking for some info to create a detailed analysis of this passage (paragraph 55) with things...

Paragraph 55 of "A Rose for Emily"

Chapter 55 begins with "The two female cousins came at once."
I am looking for some info to create a detailed analysis of this passage (paragraph 55) with things such as the main ideas of the passage and how these relate to the work as a whole, as well as an analysis of the style to indicate the effects of the stylistic devices, such as figurative language, rhetorical devices,diction, sentence structure, etc.
Any comments and ideas would be truly appreciated. I have been away from school for many years,and just needs some information to get me back into the groove.

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There is a real conversational/almost gossipy tone to this section of "A Rose for Emily" as women of the town, who are not of the same class as Emily, intrude into her life. "The men did not want to interfere, but at last the ladies forced the Baptist minister,"--who is more lowly than Miss Emily's Episcopal one--to call upon Emily.  The minister does not want to get involved, but his wife writes the relatives. "We were glad because the two female cousins were even more Grierson than Miss Emily had ever been."  It seems as though the women are apprehensive about losing an Old South institution such as Miss Emily.

Yet, later the narrator remarks, "By that time it was a cabal, and we were all Miss Emily's allies to help circumvent the cousins."  Here is the fickle nature of gossips:  First they are glad that relatives have arrived to "straighten out" their cousin, then the gossips are against them. 

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Once Emily begins seeing Homer Barron, a Yankee foreman for a construction crew, the townspeople begin to talk about it.  Many in the town feel it is inappropriate for her to see a) a Yankee and b) a Yankee who is a "blue-collar worker."   Homer Barron was regarded as lower on the social-class totem pole, so to speak, and it was not seen as appropriate to court someone outside of one's own social class.  

As a result of Miss Emily seeing Homer Barron, her two cousins come to visit Miss Emily to tell her that she needs to quit courting Homer Barron because it is a disgrace to the family and because of the reasons listed above.  They are unsuccessful at talking Emily out of courting him and they leave unsatisfied.

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