A Rose for Emily Questions and Answers
by William Faulkner

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Where did Emily Grierson live?

In "A Rose for Emily," Miss Emily Grierson lives on what had been the "most select street" in Jefferson, Mississippi, in a decaying, dilapidated mansion. The former wealthy slave-owning families resided on the same street as the Griersons but vacated their lots following the Reconstruction era. Miss Emily's "eyesore" of a home is all that remains on the former prestigious street and serves as a dying emblem of the Old South.

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Miss Emily Grierson's home is located on what had been the "most select street" in Jefferson, Mississippi. Miss Emily resides in a grand but decaying home, which is now considered an eyesore and representation of the receding world of Southern aristocracy. Miss Emily used to live among the "august names" of Jefferson, but only her home remains as the last monument of the Old South. The once-revered neighborhood in which Miss Emily's house is located has been encroached upon by garages and cotton gins, which are structures of industrialization and signs of cultural and social progress. During and after the Reconstruction era, the South began to industrialize, and the former plantation-owning family's like the Griersons fell from glory.

Similar to the traditional culture of the Old South, Miss Emily, her home, and her neighborhood have significantly declined over time and cannot function in a modern world. After Miss Emily's father passed away, she descended into poverty and refused to recognize the passage of time. The other former slaving-owning families also lost their wealth but decided to abandon the "most select street." Miss Emily then had a brief relationship with Homer Barron, murdered him, and lived as a recluse inside her crumbling mansion. Through Miss Emily's character and her home, Faulkner critiques Southern nostalgia and portrays the social and moral harms of the Old South.

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