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by William Faulkner

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In "A Rose for Emily," why does Miss Emily deny her father's death?

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Emily Grierson has only known her father's love.  He has denied her any suitor as none of the men who came asking for Emily's hand in marriage were good enough according to her father.  So, living alone in the house with her father and their servants, he was the only male figure in her life.  He was all she knew.  When he died, he took with him an era of comfort.  Southern ladies were "taken care of" by their men.  They didn't pay the bills or worry their little heads about issues of government, laws, taxes, and the like.  This is why Miss Emily continues to deny the men who come to collect the taxes from her,...

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