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Roses are Red, Emily is Blue, Her Father Died and She Went Cuckoo: A Novel Project on William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily

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  1. Introduction
  2. Emily's refusal to acknowledge his death
  3. Emily's refusal to take the chance that he may leave her
  4. Another prominent character in the story
  5. Conclusion
  6. Works cited

Over the years, society has come to accept that in most cases, people are the products of their environments. For example, if one is brought up in an irresponsible environment, it is likely they will be irresponsible when they are older. However, when people are brought up in extreme environments, the consequences can be destructive. People can come to totally disregard socially accepted practices and morality can take a back seat to internal urges. In William Faulkner's short story A Rose for Emily, the main character, Miss Emily Grierson, represents the product of an overly strict environment.

[...] Roses are Red, Emily is Blue, Her Father Died and She Went Cuckoo: A Novel Project on William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily Over the years, society has come to accept that in most cases, people are the products of their environments. For example, if one is brought up in an irresponsible environment, it is likely they will be irresponsible when they are older. However, when people are brought up in extreme environments, the consequences can be destructive. People can come to totally disregard socially accepted practices and morality can take a back seat to internal urges. [...]


[...] When her father dies, she keeps his body for a few days, implying that he still existed when in actuality it was his spirit that kept her hanging on to him. It was the spirit of her father that possessed her to become controlling and imprison her boyfriend. It was her boyfriend's spirit that she held onto for so many years. Faulkner examines various ethical, moral and societal questions in this short story. He comes to a few conclusions in doing so. [...]

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