What do you think is the value of the literary piece and its form?  Why have they lasted and why are they so highly regarded?

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The value of Kincaid's "Girl" and Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" come with their manipulation of narrative form.  Both may be considered nonstandard narratives:  "Girl" is written primarily in imperative statements from a mother directed at her daughter, and "A Rose for Emily" is written in a succession of parts that are not told chronologically or in linear order.  Both authors manipulate traditional narrative structures to highlight the themes of their stories.  Stories like this have lasting appeal because they break standards and present the reading audience with something different to explore.  Further, readers can relate to the themes of criticism and loneliness that the stories portray.

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