In "A Rose for Emily," what is the main idea?

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William Faulkner's celebrated short story "A Rose for Emily" is much more than a tragic tale of a mentally ill southern woman who kills her love interest and refuses to acknowledge the passage of time. Faulkner's story is an allegory for traditional southern culture which focuses particularly the fall of the Old South following the Civil War. Emily Grierson and her old, decaying home symbolically represent the antebellum era in the South, which was a time when affluent, slave-owning families like the Griersons were revered throughout communities like Jefferson. Miss Emily's character is associated with the Old South when she is described as a "fallen monument" as well as a "tradition, a duty, and a care." In the story, Miss Emily experiences several traumatic incidents over the course of her life, which include the death of her overbearing father and the unrequited love of Homer Barron.

Other characters like Homer Barron also contribute to the allegorical interpretation of the story. His...

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