In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," the depth of conflict does not rest simply between characters. In fact, there are several kinds of conflict in the story.
The first and most obvious conflict is man vs. society. Miss Emily, as the story begins, refuses to pay her taxes.
"See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson."
"But, Miss Emily—"
"See Colonel Sartoris...I have no taxes in Jefferson.
We learn also, that when Miss Emily's father dies, she defies the conventions of society at first in refusing to let them take her father's body, insisting he was not dead. When female members of her family come to stay with her—perhaps act as companions or chaperones—she sends them packing. Later she is seen out riding with a Yankee, Homer Baron, a working man from the North.
...the ladies all said, "Of course a Grierson would not think seriously of a Northerner, a day laborer."
Tongues wag, but Emily pays no attention. This shows the conflict still in place at that time between the North and...
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