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by William Faulkner

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What do Emily's external conflicts with the people of Jefferson reveal about her in "A Rose for Emily"?

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We know from the beginning of William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" that Miss Emily Grierson is an anachronism, a throwback to another time and way of thinking. The entire town is curious to go into her house when she dies because she is literally not like them, and the narrator's first description of her supports that constant friction and conflict:

Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town....

Like her house, Miss Emily's thinking and actions are different than those of most of the town. There are a few older folks, men her father's age, who still think in the older southern ways like Miss Emily does; however, most of the town has grown more modern and they do not understand or appreciate Miss Emily's idiosyncrasies and obstinacies.

Miss Emily's trouble with the town began when

Colonel Sartoris , the mayor—he who fathered the edict that no Negro woman should appear on the streets without an apron—remitted her taxes, the...

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