Emily has lost her domineering father, her last suitor and her old way of life. Her failure to change has caused isolation which has evolved into a macabre grasp at normalcy. This has left Emily’s life to succumb to decay—both literally and figuratively. The theme of the story is the fear of change can cause the human spirit to decay. “A Rose for Emily” is written in the first person plural, allow the citizens of the town to recount the story.
Her refusal or inability to move out of this world is reflected in her comprehension of death, her relationship with the townspeople, and her reaction toward her taxes. Works Cited and Consulted Faulkner, William. "A Rose For Emily" Literature and the Writing Process Eds. Elizabeth McMahan, Susan X Day, and Robert Funk. 4th Ed.
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On other hand, "A Rose for Emily" is a story that full of pity and fear; the town people pity Emily for loss of her father and for being a spinster; Emily herself fears the separation with her lover, Homer Barron, and ends up killing him in ord... ... middle of paper ... ...story still remains popular, and it is thrilling and enjoyable to read. List of Work Cited Gilman, Charlotte Perkins. "The Yellow Wallpaper." Reprinted in Elements of literature. Robert Scholes et al.