The Fatality of Pride

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Kyrk Roberts Advanced Composition Section 002 February 23, 2009 Dr. Stallworth The Fatality of Pride In both William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” and Yukio Mishima’s “Patriotism”, abstract storylines are used to recount the lives of proud, dignified characters and the eventual downfall of the characters which is hastened by that pride. In Faulkner’s story the main character, Emily Grierson, lives a prideful and pretentious which leads to a lonely death. Throughout “A Rose for Emily”, Emily Grierson carries a pompous attitude that undoubtedly wards off any potential marriage suitors. Therefore she is left alone to die without a friend or companion. In Mishima’s “Patriotism” a husband is morally coerced into suicide when he chooses not to decide between betraying his country or his friends. His passion for both is exceedingly overbearing and he opts for suicide as a dignified resolution. His pride will not let him decide between either option and he resorts to killing himself. As the wife of a Japanese soldier, Reiko, understands his decision and without
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hesitation or questioning decides to follow suit. As Mishima describes her love for her husband, Lieutenant Shinji Takeyama, was so strong that she could not bear to live without him. Although to many suicide is an utmost cowardly act, their decision
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This note was uploaded on 05/27/2011 for the course ENC 3320 taught by Professor Stallworth during the Spring '09 term at Florida A&M.

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