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A Rose for Emily tells the tale of a lonely woman named Emily Grierson and the events that occur since her father died up and up until her death. The unique thing about this story is that it isn’t told in chronological order. Faulkner transitions from the past to the present all throughout the story. The events being out of order make the story more interesting and it also creates suspense. The audience might be confused at times but at the end of the story everything adds up and makes sense. I think that if Faulkner had told it in chronological order it would have been boring and predictable.
The story is divided into five sections. The first section says that Miss Emily has died and the whole town goes to her funeral. The men go to pay their respect and condolences but the women are more concerned with what is going on in her house. They are curious because no one has been in that house for so many years. The unknown narrator describes the house saying it was big and it was, “set on what had once been our most select street.” (Faulkner 209)
In the next section, Faulkner goes back to the past to tell us more about Emily's life while she was alive. Her neighbor's smell a horrible odor coming from her house and they complain to Judge Stevens. Then later four men are sent at night to clean up. They arrived at her house, opened the cellar door and applied lime everywhere. Since the story is out of order, we don’t know that Miss Emily has killed Homer, who the hideous order is coming from. If the story was in chronological order there would be no suspense or curiosity about what’s causing the smell.
In the third section, the narrator introduces the relationship that develops between Homer and Emily Grierson. Emily mee...


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...le dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair.”, indicates that she has been sleeping next to a dead corpse. (Faulkner 215)
This story was very unique and unlike anything I have ever read before. William Faulkner’s way of telling the story was both interesting and suspenseful. All throughout the story, I had mixed emotions because at first I felt sympathy for her because she was so lonely and unfairly scrutinized by the townspeople but then I found out she killed Homer and I wasn’t sure whether to still feel sorry for her. It was very clear in the story that Emily was a bit crazy. Overall, I enjoyed reading this story; the out of order events gave this story a unique touch.


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Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily.” Literature: Reading, Reacting, and Writing Compact 7th Edition. Boston: Waldsmorth, 2010. 209-215


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