A Rose for Emily

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William Faulkner begins his short story, “A Rose for Emily” with the funeral of the main character, Emily Grierson (30). Emily is a quiet woman. It is said that nobody has been in her house for ten years, excluding her servant (30). Supposedly, her house used to be the best one around. The town also has a different connection with Miss Grierson. She is the only person in the town who is not forced to pay taxes. For years the town neither makes her pay, nor harasses her with tax notification letters to pay her taxes, until now. The younger generations who work hard and remain loyal taxpayers are not thrilled by this and decide to visit Emily in an attempt to get her to pay her debt. They try to get her to believe the old plan will not work anymore, yet she blatantly refuses this idea and does not pay (30). Apparently, thirty years prior to this attempt, the tax collectors of the town have a strange encounter with the Grierson residence. Two years after her dad’s passing and the mysterious disappearance of her lover, a tax collector notices a pungent odor emanating from her home that becomes a stronger and stronger scent. This leads to many complaints from the townspeople. However, the authorities of the town do not want to have a confrontation with Emily, so, instead, “they broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime there, and in all the outbuildings” (31). The smell eventually subsides “after a week or two” (32). People do not think anything of the smell anymore. They do not think about the cause of it either; they continue with their lives. The story twists and tells about the time when a man by the name of Homer Barron comes to town. Barron is in town for a sidewalk-building development. Emily and Barron quickly establish ... ... middle of paper ... ... do. It also makes the readers think about what someone else might depict from this story, like a second opinion. The story with its many twists ends with great understanding of what has taken place. It makes sense with its theme and plot. After time to reflect over the material, readers can understand exactly what the author intended. In this story, Faulkner is effective at delivering his intended message without losing his readers. It is a piece of work that keeps readers interested, wanting to know what happens next. He remains unclear in a way to keep the attention of his readers without being too unclear, which would lose some readers. While his main character originally appears to be clearly developed, in the end he dramatically changes the perspective. Even after this drastic change, he develops the new character idea even more advanced than the last.

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