Essay On Pride In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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Can a person’s pride cause him or her to have a mental breakdown? What about family or town’s people? William Faulkner writes a story that talks about a woman that could not move on after her father dies. In “A Rose for Emily”, Emily was led into a mental breakdown because of her pride, family, and the gossip of the town’s people. Emily never seeks any help because of her pride. She actually thought her father was not dead (Faulkner 223). She did not understand that sometimes you have to let things go including people. She wants to keep the body until they beg her to let them dispose of it (Faulkner 223). Mosby states that Emily was afraid of change (3). She could not accept her father’s death. She did not want to lose the only person left of her family. After her father’s death, she starts to accept it. The anonymous narrator states, “she carried her head high enough - even when we believed that she was fallen” (Faulkner 224). She was fighting it on the inside because after you lose a close love one it takes time to accept it. Even though she…show more content…
Emily’s father actions took a big hold on Emily’s future (Binder 5-7). She did not want to do anything without his presence. In a belief she wants to hold on to the past because of her father. “When the town got free postal delivery, Miss Emily alone refused to let them fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox to it” (Faulkner 225). She obviously did not want to accept the new ways of getting her mail. This symbolizes that everything around her is moving forward but she wants to stay behind. “See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson” (Faulkner 222). She still believes that Colonel Sartoris is living, and he’s been dead for 10 years. So this shows that her mind is either stuck in this time frame or has not been mentally

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