A Rose For Emily Plot

What is the plot of "A Rose for Emily"?

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Author William Faulkner's plot in his short story, "A Rose for Emily," basically serves to tell the life story of Miss Emily Grierson , a member of one of the venerable families in the mythical Mississippi town of Jefferson. Faulkner's story line jumps around in time, creating a somewhat confusing sequence of events. However, we learn that Emily has had a strict father who allows her little freedoms growing up, and he looks down upon most (if not all) of her suitors. Emily has few friends, and when her father dies, she refuses to allow his body to be removed until forced to do so by...

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The plot develops out of the contrast or conflict between Emily and her former station, on the one hand, and the townspeople, on the other. Emily represents a way of life that has died and been replaced, even though she bears the vestiges of the power that this previous Southern gentility had held. The details about the forgiveness of her taxes, for example, including the awe she inspires in the deputation from the town, is an especially powerful example of the residual respect in which her family had been held by the townspeople.

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