Emily's Refusal To Change Analysis

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One critic believes this is due to her complete denial to yield to anything in her life that will cause an unwanted change. He says, “But we can tackle the problem of Miss Emily’s motivation more effectively if we say at once that the trouble with her is her obstinate refusal to submit to, or even to concede, the inevitability of change. Hence her refusal to pay taxes. A procedure has been set and must be allowed to continue” (Johnson, 526). Johnson believes that her constant rejection of change is what drives all of her motivations throughout the story and views it as a major character flaw. He is accurate is his interpretation that her refusal to change helps further her motivations; however, it is perhaps more reasonable to conclude that
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