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Fei Feng (Frank) Mr. Mark English 1B May 7, 2006 Escaping From the Cage of Memory Memory is a way of holding onto the things you love, the things you are, the things you never want to lose. - Kevin Arnold On January 31, 1865, The Thirteenth Amendment to the United States Constitution is passed by Congress, and slavery is effectively abolished. This landmark legislation essentially puts into question the legality of the structure of Southern society. The abolition made it legitimate for slaves to stand up to their masters and try off the reins of terror and oppression; more importantly, it made White Southerners face the fact that the African American people now had the same rights as they did. Unfortunately, some Southern people refused to recognize the surrender of the South and lived in denial about losing the Civil War. They lived in their past and kept their outdated opinions and lifestyles. William Faulkner, a well-known American short story writer, illustrates this idea in his short story, “A Rose for Emily.” William points out that the people in the South do not accept the fact that they have lost the war, they still live in the brilliant past with their glorious memories, a self-defeating practice that prevents them from truly living and leads to a disastrous future. Some Southerners deny the fact that they have lost the war. Faulkner mentions this idea in his story “A Rose for Emily” which features a White lady whose name is Emily, who lives with Tobe, a Black man who does the housework, stays in the house and rarely goes out. She requests that tax collectors see a man who “had been dead almost ten years.” She meets Homer, a Yankee whom she likes, after finding out that Homer is not going to stay with her,
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she kills Homer with arsenic and sleeps with the corpse for forty years. Emily chooses to believe that her dead father is still alive. When people try to move her father’s body out of the house, “she told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days.” Emily not only refuses to acknowledge her father’s death, but also tries to stay away from the fact. Emily’s response is similar to those people who reject the loss of the Civil War. Those people
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This note was uploaded on 02/27/2008 for the course ENGLISH 1B english 1b taught by Professor Mark during the Spring '06 term at Pasadena City College.

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