A Rose for Emily Questions and Answers
by William Faulkner

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What are conflicts in "A Rose for Emily"? Are there any internal conflicts (conflicts within a character) evident in the story?

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If by conflict you are referring to the traditional "x versus y" then there are several conflicts going on with Emily. The "versus" is the opposing force

Emily vs. her father-  Old man Grierson, who raised Emily basically in isolation from the rest of society during his lifetime, embedded into Emily's subconscious that nobody was good enough for her. He shut down any chance for Emily to connect with a man (or anyone for that matter) in a healthy way. Moreover, he was brash and antisocial, creating the same conflicts in his daughter. The result was that Emily became an eccentric and lonely misfit that later on became the talk of the town. This is far from the dignified status one hopes to achieve at an older age. Moreover, this deprivation causes Emily to foster a bad tendency to react to men. She can neither keep them nor let them go. All of these things were caused directly by her father's extreme over-protection. 

Emily vs. Homer- Homer Barron , the Yankee and drifter who comes during...

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