Essay about A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner

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Insanity in a Rose for Emily
William Faulkner was an American writer from Oxford, Mississippi, who was praised for his novels and short stories, many whom take place in Yoknapatawpha County, fictitious setting based on where he spent most of his childhood, Lafayette County. Faulkner, regarded as one of the most vital writers of the Southern literature of the United States, was somewhat unheard of until being given the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1949. He too received the Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for two other of his works. In 1931, he published his first short story, A Rose for Emily, in a national magazine.
The central plot of the story is very much about Emily’s stubborn attitude towards change. Before the Civil War, her father,
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Throughout the piece, Faulkner presents details that lead the reader to reflect on the main character’s mental health.
The first think that may lead the reader to infer Emily’s unruliness is the fact the she had an aunt that was, without a doubt, harebrained. “People in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last…” (Faulkner 289) Some science has shown that mental disorders may be prewired into the brain; therefore, it can be genetic. This kinship increases the certainty that Emily’s actions were not just superficially absurd; there was something more profound regarding her behavior.
For instance, the day after her father dies, the women of the town visit Emily to offer sympathy, but she shows no sign of grief, as if nothing had happened. “The day after his death…Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face.” (Faulkner 289) She also prevented her father from being buried, telling everyone that he, indeed, had not died. “She told them that her father was not dead…trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body.” (Faulkner 289) She did not understand that her father had died, thus wanting to keep the body. This is cannot be considered normal behavior in any circumstance, however, no one ever contradicted or insulted her because they

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