How Emily Griersons Father Influenced Her Life

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A Rose for Miss Emily is one of William Faulkner's most brilliant short stories in which he describes the bizarre life of a young aristocratic women in a small Southern town, as observed by a neighbor. The story is about Miss Emily Grierson, and though Emily's father, Mr…

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Mr. Grierson was a member of one of the oldest families in Jefferson, an aristocratic man and authoritative father, who, like Emily, is afraid of losing the one person left who is close to him. Mr. Grierson is a member of the same generation of Colonel Sartoris, of whom it is said "only a man of Colonel Sartoris' generation and thought could have invented (the tale to protect Miss Emily from ever having to pay taxes)." (Faulkner, 120) Colonel Sartoris still retains the sentiment of protecting the helpless young woman who has lost her father and fabricates a tale of Mr. Grierson's generosity to the town in order to allow Emily Grierson to retain some self-respect and not feel that her inability to pay taxes is met with an act of charity.
This is the mentality of over-protecting the aristocratic female characterizes the generation of Mr. Grierson. Mr. Grierson protects his daughter throughout his life, not allowing her to go out and not allowing anyone to come too near to her. He is plays the role of protecting his daughter's virtue and keeping any unworthy man who is beneath their family name from approaching her.
As the neighbor states, "We had long though of them as a tableau, Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the backgroud, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the backflung front door." (123) In this picture, Miss Emily is the young, p ...
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