What is the significance of sidewalks in "A Rose for Emily"?

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The sidewalks in "A Rose for Emily" may signify, first and foremost, moving toward the future, as well as the advent of change. The fact that Jefferson County even considered the repaving of sidewalks indicates that this is no longer a town who's still asleep and dreaming of its once great past; Jefferson county is now up and moving, clearly showing that they are opening their doors to whoever chooses to walk down its streets.

The sidewalk project is also significant because this is how Homer Barron, a Yankee, enters the town, makes a notorious name for himself, and somehow sweeps Emily off her feet. Homer,...

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