Theory and Practice in Language Studies, Vol 3, No 10 (2013), 1850-1854, Oct 2013

A Road to Destruction and Self-destruction: The Same Fate of Emily and Elly

Pingping Yang


Among Faulkner’s more than one hundred short stories, “A Rose for Emily” is undoubtedly the most famous one, while “Elly” has been receiving increasing attention these years. Both of the protagonists are born in Southern aristocratic family. After their attempt to defy the conservative traditions and search for a new life becomes a failure and at the same time their dignity as Southern ladies is threatened even damaged, they choose a road to destruction with a virtual and inevitable result of self-destruction. This thesis is to illustrate the same fate of Emily and Elly from four aspects with an aim of revealing the truth that their choice of destruction and self-destruction is inevitable.


Emily; Elly; destruction; self-destruction


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