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What is the conflict in "A Rose for Emily"? If Miss Emily is the protagonist, who is the antagonist?

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If Miss Emily is the protagonist, it could be argued that one of the people standing in the way of her happiness—and therefore her antagonist—is Homer Barron. It would be easy to overlook a murder victim as an antagonist, but there is evidence that Homer was taking advantage of Miss Emily in some ways.

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