What is the moral lesson in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"?  

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Throughout the short story, the community members of Jefferson are portrayed as fickle, curious, and judgmental. They view the Griersons as upper-class, arrogant individuals, who think they are better than everyone else. The community unfairly criticizes Emily for dating Homer Barron and ridicules her unorthodox, reclusive behavior. At times, the community of Jefferson even takes pleasure in Emily's pain. After her father dies, Emily loses her fortune, and the community is glad to see Emily become a pauper.

The community refuses to sympathize with Emily's unfortunate situation and demonstrates a lack of empathy regarding her circumstances. Emily has a lived a difficult life and suffered from her overbearing, authoritative father. She was forbidden from dating anyone as an adolescent and was under her father's constant supervision. Living with a controlling, austere father negatively affected Emily's ability to form meaningful relationships with other members of the community, which...

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