Critical Analysis Of A Rose For Emily

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In William Faulkner 's short story "A Rose for Emily", Faulkner brings attention to an elderly woman, Miss Emily in small-town Jefferson. Miss Emily was left with nothing but the house she had always lived in when her father passed away. With the death of her father, Emily 's life changes. The story is divided into five sections and begins with Miss Emily 's funeral, then switches over to talk about the new modern ideas and the requirements for Miss Emily. Miss Emily came from a wealthy family whom the colonel pardoned from paying their taxes. When new government officials came into office, they insisted Miss Emily pay her taxes, and she refused. This was not the only complaint townspeople had about Emily. The townspeople had multiple complaints about Miss…show more content…
Faulkner then introduces someone of Miss Emily 's interest, a day-laborer in town, Homer Barron. They were seen together a lot. At first, everyone believed they were to be married, but Homer was not the marrying kind. Although Miss Emily takes a liking to Homer, he is not interested in "settling down". Miss Emily soon enters a depressive state and goes to purchase arsenic, leaving the townspeople to believe she planned on killing herself. Miss Emily found out that Homer wasn 't going to marry her and she couldn 't bear the fact she would have to lose someone all over again, putting her in the mindset that she had to find a way to be able to keep him forever. Homer Barron had been seen entering the home of Miss Emily but never seen leaving. As the story goes on, Miss Emily passes away at seventy-four. Faulkner ends his story with the way he opened it, with Miss Emily 's funeral. The town came to see her and broke down a door to a back room that hadn 't been opened in forty years. When the townspeople approached the room, they found a corpse of a man lying in the bed, with a long strand of gray hair by the
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