How is the story "A Rose for Emily" a conflict between North and South?

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William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” takes place in the fictional town of Jefferson, Mississippi after the Civil War. The postbellum South saw changes in their economics as they depended on agriculture from their plantations, but they held on to their social hierarchies and traditions. While the north became financially stronger as the industry and manufacturing jobs develop. Emily Grierson can be viewed as a symbol of the old south. While the town is modernizing, Emily stays in the past. She refuses to adapt to change; she won’t pay taxes, won’t get a new mailbox, or even give up her father’s body once he dies.

The opposite of the traditional south (and Emily) is the north- an area more adaptable and open to change. Homer Barron is also Emily’s opposite. He comes from the north to help pave the sidewalks of Jefferson, so unlike her high society status, he is a hardworking blue-collar laborer. He is described as a perpetual bachelor who doesn’t really want...

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