A Rose For Emily And William Faulkner's Two Soldiers

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Faulkner lives up to his definition of great writing by creating immortal stories that stretch beyond universal truths to leave scars on those who read them. “A Rose for Emily” and “Two Soldiers” are short stories that encompass his qualities for great writing. Emily holds conflict within herself that makes the reader rethink the human spirit and what people are really capable of. Pete and his brother share the universal truths of growing up and losing someone. Faulkner shows that great writing is not a myth because he is able to construct stories that will have the reader formulate new infinite voices that may exist in the future. One of Faulkner’s definitions of great writing is stories that show “the human heart in conflict with itself”.…show more content…
Faulkner decides to make Emily have distant relations with the townspeople because it truthfully gives the idea that Emily is in conflict with the individual and society. Attaining the dead bodies made Emily feel secure with her life because she knew for certain that the corpses would never leave her. “Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly”(Faulkner William, A Rose for Emily). Emily needed to come forward with father’s body, but the benefit for keeping the body is that she would not have to be in agony. A conflict of the heart is the agony Emily is in when she goes out because people do not talk to her but rather about her. Emily wants to be loved, and Homer Barron is the someone to lover her. Emily becomes worried because, “three days Homer Barron was back in town…Negro man admit him at the kitchen door at dusk on evening. And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron” (Faulkner William, A Rose for Emily). Homer leaves and it strikes fear that Emily will be alone and unloved, so to keep Homer with her, she kills him so she can create a durable

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