A Rose For Emily Conflict

What is the conflict in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

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In "A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the protagonist lives a solitary existence.  There were many things that caused Emily Grierson to be alone most of her life.  Miss Emily was a product of her environment.

In literature, the conflict moves the story forward.  It is what the protagonist must face and hopefully defeat if the story is to end in his/her favor.  Emily lived in a society that found her interesting but unacceptable.

What creates Emily’s conflict with society?

Her father demanded Emily’s full attention as his companion.  Because he refused to allow her to have suitors, he forever doomed her to a solitary life.  By the time that he died and she was able to have “gentleman callers,” Emily was past her prime.  There were no men to call on her.

Emily would not allow the help of outsiders, particularly when her father died.  Acting in a peculiar manner, Emily...

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