The men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house

from William Faulkner – A Rose For Emily on Rap Genius

Meaning

The narration begins to differentiate the town’s ideas of Miss Emily in the first line. Here the men regard her with “respectful affection” while the women approach her with “curiosity” — mostly just wanting to see the inside of her house. The role of the small town Southern male as cultural caretaker is juxtaposed with the women’s more devious desire to learn about Miss Emily, a woman who refused to live within the polite confines of Southern female society. The story can be read as a dark version of a love story and the interactions and reactions by the men versus the women to Miss Emily.

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