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A Rose For Emily

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Letting Go
When people begin to age they are often faced with many psychological and physical changes. In the short story, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, Miss Emily leads a difficult life. Letting go is one of the common problems older people are faced to deal with because of their fear of being alone. Many older people have trouble letting go of those who are close to them. Miss Emily has a lot of trouble letting go of her father, of her friend Homer Barron, and of her old traditions.
In “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner demonstrates ones troubles of letting go of someone close to you. Everyday millions of people have to say good-bye to someone they love. Miss Emily, an older woman from Jefferson, Mississippi, has trouble saying good-bye to the ones she loved. In this short story, Faulkner shows us through Miss Emily how older people have trouble letting go of the ones they love.
Miss Emily lives in a very old house that needs to be repaired dramatically. “An eyesore among eyesores,” is how Faulkner describes the house in the story to show that Miss Emily has a problem letting go. This house is the house that her father lived in and died in which she remains living in showing her troubles of letting go. When her father died Miss Emily told everyone that came to give their condolences that he was still alive (p. 52). Miss Emily could not let go of her father when he died so she kept him in the house in fear of being alone with no one to love or be loved by. The thought of her father not being there is very disturbing to Miss Emily. This is the reason she is alone when her father dies. Her father was there her whole life telling her what to do. Her father was her everything and the only one she had in her life, so she could not let go of him even when they took him away to be buried. “Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down and they buried her father quickly (p.52)....

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