Letting Go

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Letting Go Many people hate to let things go. People find security and comfort in their possessions and the company they keep. We have memories and good emotions associated with the possessions in our life. The most painful experience in life is to let go of someone you love. But allowing yourself to let go is an emotional thing, and as with anything emotional, it’s not always simple. If all this is ripped away from a person, it can have a very negative effect on that person’s life. In Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily,” everything that a person knows is gradually taken from her has gradually taken away leading to her madness. Miss Emily, the main character in this short story, is an example of the Old South. When Emily was a child her father apparently indoctrinated her with his Old South values, manners, and customs. Not only is her appearance a symbol of the past but the place she called home is also very old fashioned. Miss Emily’s house looked decomposed, and smelled of dust and disuse. Miss Emily stays the same while the next generation, with its more prominent ideas are becoming more visible and established. Miss Emily not only has a hard time of letting material things go, but she also has a tough time of letting the people in her life leave her. Miss Emily loves her father very much, but his death devastates her. Now that Miss Emily is alone for the first time in her entire life, it brings her down to earth. The death of her father also throws her into a horrible case of denial. This new feeling of denial causes her to hold off on his funeral for three days, and just as the people were about to resort to law and force, she broke down and they buried her father quickly. Now that Miss Emily has experienced the pain of being unable to let go of her father, she does not want to experience this pain…...

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