A rather dark and disturbing short story written in 1931 by William Falkner, “A Rose For Emily” tells the tale of Emily Grierson, a troubled, and mysterious woman who has always been an outsider in her town. The story begins with the funeral of Emily, who had died at 74. Nobody, except her servant Tobe, had been inside her house for ten years, and the story goes back to this last encounter. Emily had had a special relationship with the town which allowed her to opt out on taxpaying because she couldn’t pay, but the newer generation did not like the idea. This is when the authorities went to her house to ask for payment, and she refused straight out.
It starts with Emily’s death and then goes back in time to her father keeping her secluded, up until his death. The town felt sorry for her after her father’s passing, she was left with nothing but a house, a servant and no man to marry. It took her 3 days to give up her father’s dead body, unable to come to terms with his death. “The day after his death the ladies prepared
When she was younger, her father lived at the house with her. He was a man without his sanity. When ever a male would come to the house to see Emily, he would great them at the door, and see them off before Emily could even say hello. The town used this excuse for Emily when her father died. He was dead for three days before she would let the coroner to take him out of the house.
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.
For example, both of the characters have neglectful parents. Dally Winston resents his parents so much that he doesn’t bother mentioning them much throughout the novel. Dally never mentions his mother, proving that he does not have much to say about her. The one time Dallas does mention his father is when explaining to Johnny and Pony what has been happening back home. He states “‘Shoot, my old man didn’t give a hang whether I’m in jail or dead in a car wreck or drunk in the gutter”’ (88).
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” (1931) focuses on the conflicts of Emily, a lonely lady who isolates herself in her house from the townspeople. The story is divided into five sections. It begins with a brief first-person description of Miss Emily’s funeral. The story then continues in the narrator’s flashback of Emily’s old-fashioned lifestyle and abnormal behavior throughout the years. When Emily’s father died, she refused to accept her father’s death, and kept the body in her house for three days until she gave it away to the representatives for burial.
In the story “ A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner the narrator introduces the reader to Emily Grierson, a sheltered southern woman who while alive struggled immensely with her sanity and the evolving world around her. Emily's father, a very prestigious man is the cause of Emily's senseless behavior. He kept her secluded from the rest of the town “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away...” (Page 3.) If Emily had been allowed to date and socialize with people her own age would she had turned out differently. Emily Grierson, the only remaining member of the upper class Grierson family refuses to leave the past behind her even as the next generation begins to take over.
The house was alone on that street. Emily’s father had died and she was alone and didn’t know what to do. She found Homer Barron, but he claims he liked men and wasn’t a marrying type. She killed him because she didn’t want him to ever leave. She had nothing to fall back on.
The figures that are used in public restrooms are to show which one is for men and women. The town’s people are in Miss Emily’s funeral recalling events that happened while she was still alive. The town’s mayor had a great relationship with Emily’s father and he decided to stop billing Miss Emily for her taxes. As years passed and the new generation came in; they weren’t satisfied with the arrangement so they went to her house to try and convince her to pay them. Thirty years before the tax event, the town’s people complained about a horrible smell that was coming out of Emily’s property.
The product of the Civil War South, Emily never moved past the social customs of her youth, and refused to live according to modern standards. This becomes evident when she accepts the mayor’s hidden charity under the guise of her never owing taxes due to a lie that her father had loaned the town money and this was how the town would re... ... middle of paper ... ... had occurred. Emily’s neighbors refuse to acknowledge this, and instead try to cover the smell up with lime. They try to excuse themselves from finding the real source of the rotten odor by saying it would be wrong to tell a lady that her house smells. Even though they and Emily went along with this charade, it cannot completely disappear.