“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a story full of the aspects of the Old and New South. Before the Civil War, the Southern society was a land composed of slaves, merchants, prosperous plantations, gracious and cultured people, landed gentry and an economy stabled and based on farming. Men at this time, who made their fortune by owning the prosperous plantations, were aristocratic with much chivalry. Women were very innocent and guardians of morality. For example, Colonel Sartoris concocted the elaborate story to spare Emily’s feelings when he remitted her taxes; as the narrator stated, “Only a man of Colonel Sartoris’ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it.” If Emily had known of this act of chivalry and charity, she most likely wouldn't have accepted it due to her aristocratic and proud sense of being. After the southern loss of the Civil War, all of these ideas and representations of chivalry fell to the way-side. The New South, being like the North and carrying their industrialized ways with new innovations, thoughts and ideas, occurred and rapidly changed the south and their own ways which had been intact for such a long time. When the new aldermen, mayor and townspeople in Jefferson didn’t appreciate the act of charity Colonel Sartoris had arranged for Emily, and thought she should be paying her taxes. This is an example of the New South's changed generation of people and their modern ideas that came along.