Requiem For An Aristocrat
Requiem for an Aristocrat
?It?s lonely at the top,? a cliche that Faulkner reaffirms in his classical short story, ?A Rose for Emily.? In this southern tale, a social class structure separated the ?high and mighty Griersons? from the rest of the town. After the Civil War, the southern upper class society was dwindling with the northern industrialists rising in national influence. Emily Grierson was the product of an overprotective single father raising a high society child. During this era the southern high society type was considered a dying breed. Emily?s father instilled values and morals that only an arrogant aristocrat could set in a child. Emily?s inability to involve herself in social settings, her blatant disregard of the law, and her radical approach to intimate relationships all stem from her father?s upbringing.
The town was filled with people Emily had no desire to interact with. She kept herself locked inside her house and sent Tobe, her servant, to take care of mostly all obligations that required social interactions. She spent the greater part of her life inside this fortress of solitude she considered home. During Emily?s years as a young lady, she was
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