What is the setting and summary of the story "A Rose for Emily"?
This story is set in the American South in the era following the Civil War. We learn early on that Miss Emily was told in 1894, not long after her father's death, that her family owed no taxes in town because of a time when her father loaned money to Jefferson. So we can surmise that the bulk of the story is taking place in this decade and the few that follow it. By the time Miss Emily died, there were only a few "very old men" wearing their "brushed Confederate uniforms" to attend her funeral, and because the Civil War ended in 1865, the story really cannot extend too close to the middle of the twentieth century.
Producing a summary of this story is actually a somewhat fraught undertaking because it is not told in chronological order. The reader is left to connect the events of the story through time. In the first part, we learn of Miss Emily's death and her status in town, how she was told she owed no taxes, how—a generation later—she was asked to begin to pay again, and how she...
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