In Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily", what is the conflict?
The main conflict in this story may not be the most obvious one, but it is past versus the present.
Miss Emily is part of the antebellum South. Her home "had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies" but now it was "an eyesore among eyesores."
In the old days, people looked out for one another. When Miss Emily must accept charity, a story is concocted to keep her from being taxed....
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There are three main social conflicts in Faulkner's short-story: cultural, generational, and socio-economic conflict. These conflicts are all present in Emliy's situation regarding her taxes. You can also see these conflict through out the story and don't forget the importance of the symbolism used through out the story; it is very contexual and helps the reader find the theme or moral lesson of "A Rose for Emily."