How does Emily illustrate the decay of the Old South in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"?

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Emily's reputation around town is based on her refusal to change with the times. She refuses to pay her taxes because of an old agreement with her father and the town, an agreement that has long since passed. She regards the town in the same manner that she always has, but the town has moved on. The actual rotting of Emily's house also reinforces this idea. The once grand, plantation style house has become an eye-sore to the rest of the town, reminding them of what they were. While they pity Emily, they are not sorry to be rid of her because after her death they can finally finish moving on from the past.

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