Essay about Faulkner

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Stunning Comparison in Faulkner's A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning
In the words of Oscar Wilde, "The well-bred contradict other people. The wise contradict themselves." Conflict between the "well-bred" people and their "wise" counterparts satiates William Faulkner's short stories "A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning." The inability of Emily Grierson in "A Rose for Emily" and Abner Snopes' father in "Barn Burning" to accept and cope with their changing environments leads to an even greater quarrel with their neighbors; in each of Faulkner's stories, this inability escalates into a horrific murder. "A Rose for Emily" and "Barn Burning" are filled with
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Furthermore, the jumbled order of events in "A Rose for Emily" symbolizes the South's struggle to maintain pace with the accelerating industrialization in the North (West 72). The South's struggle causes it to be a "culture unable to cope with its own death and decay" (West 72). The overall conflict between the old and new thought can also be viewed as a rivalry between the pragmatic present and the set traditions of the past (West 75).
Emily Grierson, the main character in "A Rose for Emily," is the old view's main advocate. She fails to see that she is in a new age, one not bound by past promises (West 75). Emily is obsessed with halting the unwavering passage of time, and it is her obsession that causes her to be unable to accept death. Emily's problem is first accounted for when she cannot accept her father's death; later, it causes tension in the community after the death of Colonel Sartoris, who had previously exempted her of her taxes. Emily fails to recognize the death of Colonel Sartoris, so she adamantly refuses to pay her taxes even with the new Board of Aldermen in control. Emily's stubbornness contributes to her desolation, and while she is "shut away from the world, she grows into something monstrous" (Stone 75). Her monstrousness reaches

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