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by William Faulkner

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In what ways is "A Rose for Emily" a story about resistance to change?  

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Emily, the titular character of "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, is herself symbolic of resistance to change. She's unable to accept change in her life, and she goes to extremes to keep everything around her the same.

Emily is in love with a man named Homer who doesn't want to marry her. The entire town scrutinizes their relationship and expects them to get married—especially when she orders men's items with his monogram. What they don't know is that Homer wasn't going to stay with her. She's unwilling to let that change take place, so she kills him and leaves his body in her bed. Emily sleeps next to it every night until she dies decades later. 

The narrator says that Miss Emily was a "fallen monument" to her local community. One of the reasons for this is that she's a relic of the past. Time changes the community around her and she's...

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Throughout the story, this resistance to change is clearly evident in her staying locked inside her home, not cleaning or changing the bed sheets or pillow covers after her heartbreak, but even before that, this fear of change is evident in her remaining single untill she meets Homer Baron. It was probably because she was afraid of change and not ready to accept any that she stayed alone and unfortunately her father too contributed to her tragedy by supporting her and encouraging her in her stubborn and haughty rejection of men.