Coping with the Pressures of Life

4 April 2015
An analysis of two literary works illustrating different methods of coping with daily pressures.

This paper compares and contrasts the economic, social and moral pressures on the Younger family in “A Raisin in the Sun” by Lorraine Hansberry and on Miss Emily Griersen in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. It discusses how the characters in each work cope with these pressures.
“Faulkner describes Miss Emily as a town tradition and obligation. No one knew exactly why, but the mayor, Colonel Sartoris, had excused her taxes dating from the death of her father in 1894, therefore for decades she never received a tax notice. When the new generation took over the city duties and found no written record of this arrangement, they tried their best to serve her notice, but she simply waved them off (Faulkner 1995). She was a Griersen and socially above any one in the town. She was a spinster by the time her father died, although she did in her middle years have a suitor of sorts for a time. Everyone thought they had married. He was seen entering the house, although he was never seen again (Faulkner 1995). Miss Emily taught china painting classes for several years to support herself. When pupils stopped coming, she was seldom, if ever seen outside her house again.”

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