Marriage In William Faulkner's Essay

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William Faulkner shows how committed Emily is to her family’s beliefs, in which she refuses to let go of the men in her life. The customs of her family has taught that marriage is an important part of life. It’s almost as if her family holds marriage higher than most or any other beliefs for the matter. Faulkner shows how an obsession with a person could intensify even after their death. Faulkner explains the importance of marriage in Emily’s life. When she loses her father, she realizes that her dream of him giving her away could never be fulfilled. She disappears for a while but this only lead me to believe that the importance of marriage was pressed into her by her father. His death obviously had an affect on her life, but Faulkner…show more content…
In the 1930’s, as many of us may know, this was around the time of the Lost Generation and flappers who changed the country’s idea of acceptable morals. The south, being religious, it is common for many families to want their children to stay away from this form of corruption and stick to the idea of marrying and creating a family in God’s light. In most religious communities, then and now, it is almost taboo for a woman to be single or to be without children, through marriage of course, by the age of 30. This fear is what caused Emily to become assertive in her endeavors with both her father and Homer. You don 't hear of any other family members that had a strong influence in her life. This implies that she relied on him for guidance. He fought hard for her to maintain the family’s principals, that have obviously been here for generations. You hear of Lady Wyatt, Emily’s great Aunt, she followed these principals and lost it. The question is did she actually go “insane“ or did she simply go against the ways of the griersons’ and it made everyone uncomfortable? Either way, the community feared that Emily would be going down the same dark path as her aunt, since they had a similar life up to their 30’s. A rose for Emily was written in the 1930’s and it explains how family values can be so restrictive that a
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