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Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"

Summary: The setting of William Faulkner's story "A Rose for Emily" is characterized by decadence, which defined the South before the Civil War. Such decadence was characterized by obscene wealth, slavery, and the aristocracy, of which Emily and her father were a part. Following the end of the Civil War and the forced change upon the antebellum South, Emily ends up not only in deep denial, making her able to disregard the reality of her life, but she also causes the townspeople to participate in her denial.
Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily"

March 7, 2006

Decadence in Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily"

Outline:

  1. Southern decadence and the state of the south
  2. Emily's life, her family and how the changes in the south affect them
  3. What Emily does and why in reaction to those factors
  4. The townspeople's actions and how they are able to participate in Emily's denial and be decadent as well.
  5. About Faulkner himself and how he was a product of the decadent south
  6. Conclusions
Thesis:

Southern decadence was famous and iconic back when the story, "A Rose for Emily" was set. It was caused by the end of the Civil War and the forced change upon the antebellum south. Decadence defined the south before the Civil War, including obscene wealth and slavery, and the aristocracy, of which Emily and her father were a part, never had to lift...

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