William Faulkner, a author brought up in the South, displayed the upbringing and life styles of people in a certain town. The subject revolved around the life of a lady name Emily Grierson. She is a southern adult female, whose failed effort at life is kept secret from her town until her decease. By explicating her upbringing by a austere male parent, her midlife flood tide and her slow journey through a privy life to her decease, Faulkner shows how cleaving on to tradition by Emily’s male parent ruined her life.
To understand Faulkner’s subject, one must understand the characters and the background of Faulkner. William Faulkner, is a Southerner and he writes of the South, peculiarly the old South, with true penetration. As the female supporter, Emily is a kind of illustration of a water under the bridge epoch. She’s from an upper category where household name is venerated and to be maintained at about any cost. Her male parent, under the visual aspect of “protection,” which was really control, chases off suers so that he may maintain her for his housekeeper. When her last opportunity at marriage comeuppances her, she kills him and so slumbers in the same bed with the decomposing organic structure for decennaries, until her ain decease. Officials do non prosecute her suer Homer Barro n’s disappearing for the same ground they do non coerce her to pay revenue enhancements. It is besides the same ground she does non arise against her male parent. It is because she is a Grierson, good to make Southerners in a large, flowery house on a stylish street in a clip where work forces were gentlemen, adult females were ladies and there was a strong, rigorous codification of behaviour and everyone “knew their place” .
Faulkner narrates the narrative through a townsman, and does non give much sentiment to the narrative to make a much more dramatic and surprising decision. In the beginning of the short narrative, he does give hints to the life of Emily Grierson. He explains the tradition that is profoundly rooted in her male parent’s imposts. It is non until the reader has wholly finished the book, when one realizes that it was the male parent’s traditional ways that shaped Emily’s life as Faulkner presents it.
The prevailing subject that surrounds the narrative is how cleaving to the yesteryear can be harmful when all other environing facets of life alteration. The town matured around the Grierson’s place, while the work forces that one time desired to get married Emily changed their attitudes, and Emily, non cognizing anything better, clung to the lone life that her male parent allowed her to see.