Emily Rose - A Rose Neglected It has been said that the...

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A Rose Neglected It has been said that the character of a parent can be observed through their actions towards his or her children. Even though the parents are not included in William Faulkner’s, “A Rose for Emily,” their actions can still be seen through their daughter, Emily. While the mom was never mentioned during the story and the father’s death signified the beginning of the story, both of the parent’s attitudes can still be pieced together through the way Emily reacts with her surroundings. From her dealings with the alderman, to her reaction of Homer’s leaving, Emily’s views on the outside world coincide with the actions her father made. Emily’s unprepared and sheltered life, along with her perception on death is directly related to her father’s uncaring actions. Emily had nothing to lean on when her father died. His neglect became apparent when nothing was left in her name besides the house, leaving her unprepared for life with no money. The only reason she was able to keep her house was through the mayor and his ability to waive the taxes on the house; his explanation being a made up story about her father and how he, “loaned money to the town, which the town, as a matter of business, preferred this way of repaying,” (216). Also in her time of need she had no family to turn to. When her great-aunt passed away, her father’s thoughtless
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This essay was uploaded on 04/22/2008 for the course EE 201 taught by Professor Gunn during the Spring '08 term at University of Alabama in Huntsville.

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