The Grierson house is a physical reminder of Miss Emily's reluctance to change. The "big squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and scrolled balconies in the heavenly lightsome style of the seventies (236)" was located on one of the most prominent and prestigious neighborhoods in the town of Jefferson. However, times changed and new generations replaced the old ones and the town moved on towards the future. The houses were replaced by cotton gins and auto garages until only Miss Emily's house was left. The Grierson house is a visible reminder that Miss Emily can not accept change. Miss Emily refuses to change with the town because her family once dominated it, and change means her family may not be the center of attention anymore. Even the interior of the house provides evidence of her lack of progression. "It smelled of dust and disuse (237)." The leather of the furniture was cracked, and when the chairs were sat upon, "a faint dust rose about [the] thighs (237)." Miss Emily, like the Grierson house, seems to be submerged in the shadows of time and refuses to let the light of the future through. The Grierson name was b...
Emily Grierson, a woman of stature and nobility of the once proud South; transformed to a mere peasant, through the fall of the Confederacy and the changes that ensued. Tragic in a sense, the story of her life as told from the author; William Faulkner, in his short story - "A Rose for Emily." (Faulkner 74-79). First published in the popular magazine of his time in 1930, The Forum; Faulkner tries to maintain her self image throughout the story through the narrators eyes as being repressed in nature through her upbringing in society prior to the war and the circumstances of the times as they unfold - while struggling to fill a void of emptiness inside.
William Faulkner’s Southern background plays a constituent part of the creation of his story “A Rose for Emily”. With his creative mind Faulkner created a county in Mississippi called Yoknapatawpha. Like the southern town he was born and raised in, Faulkner peopled this story with both African American and Caucasian people of the late 1800’s. Faulkner’s idea of writing this story was to focus on the events causing destruction and suffering in one’s inner and outer situations.
...olism, and conflicts in William Faulkner’s “ A Rose for Emily” the theme that one must change within time and let go of the past is introduced. Faulkner uses these literary tools to illustrate that refusal to change can lead to deterioration of self. Miss Emily, in this case, resisted changes in extreme ways ultimately her reluctance to changes brought horrific consequences to herself and her loved one. “ A Rose for Emily” teaches moral lesson that life is filled with instabilities. People, places and things change all the time. If we keep holding on to the past, it will only cause us more pain. We might lose many things from the process of letting go. However, by letting go of the old life, we can gain a better future. Sometimes one must forget what is gone, appreciate things that are still remaining, and looking forward for something better that will come along.
First, why does Faulkner present the plot in the way that he does? There can be numerous answers to this question, but I have narrowed it down to one simple answer. He presented the story in this way in order to keep the reader guessing and to also provide some sort of suspense. By Faulkner telling the story in the way that he does, the reader has no way of knowing what might be coming up next in the story. The last thing that a reader wants to do is read a boring story that is easy to predict. Faulkner keeps the reader from knowing what might happen next by not placing the events in the actual order that they occurred. He goes back and forth throughout Miss Emily’s life. At the introduction and conclusion of the story, she is dead, while the body consists of the times when she was alive. The body of the story also jumps back and forth throughout Miss Emily’s life. Faulkner brilliantly divided the story into five key parts, all taking place at some key
“The knowledge of the past stays with us. To let go is to release the images and emotions, the grudges and fears, the clingings [sic] and disappointments of the past that bind our spirit.” This quote by Jack Kornfield is or would have been one of great significance to Miss Emily Grierson. Her emotions, grudges, fears and past disappointments seem to have played a major role in her inevitable fate. In William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily”, Miss Emily Grierson was a member of a community in the South during The Antebellum Period. She grew up in a home with her father, only referred to as Mr. Grierson, who was extremely controlling. Her family had been known to have a history of psychosis and it had been said that they thought too highly of themselves (Faulkner 86). They lived a typical southern lifestyle (owning a black house servant by the name of Tobe). Because this story was first published in 1930 and then the film nearly 50 years later, one can imagine that there were a few differences and similarities in the two versions. The film version of “A Rose for Emily” revealed
William Faulkner's, "A Rose for Emily," is a short story that is narrated by an anonymous character to be considered as the voice of the home town and tells the story out of order. The story is based on the life of Emily Grierson and how it connects with the South after the Civil War. There are many parts in the story that show symbolism in varieties of ways. Some of these symbols include Emily's house, her hair, her clothing, and even the "rose" that is brought in the story. Symbolism is shown throughout many different ways through all forms of literature. It is mainly shown through the main theme as well as the smaller themes that are throughout the story. Symbolism is used to represent ideas or qualities through the use of symbols.
“A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner takes us back in time with his Gothic short story known as, “A Rose for Emily.” Almost every sentence gives a new piece of evidence to lead the reader to the overall theme of death, isolation, and trying to maintain traditions. The reader can conclude the theme through William Faulkner’s use of literary devices such as his choice of characters, the setting, the diction, the tone, and the plot line. William Faulkner introduces us to a number of characters but the most involved being Emily Grierson, Homer Barron, Tobe, and the ladies of the town; who are not named individually. Emily Grierson was once a beautiful and wealthy upper class young women who lived with her father, who has since died, on the towns,
William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" has been interpreted in many different ways. Most of these rely solely on hints found within the story. I believe that his life can also help one analyze this story. By knowing that Faulkner's strongest influence was his independent mother, one can guess that Miss Emily Grierson's character was based partly on Maud Falkner.
“A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner revolves around one true main character, which is Miss Emily Grierson. She is someone who is very mysterious and also is a very quiet person who always kept to herself. She was a quiet lady who always kept to herself, but throughout the story, we see she was an important figure in her town. Her father, Mr. Grierson was a very possessive man, he was a big part of her life through her good times and her bad times. He being a big part of her life was why Emily was left devastated and hurt when he passed away. She felt very alone after her father’s death, soon after she was also abandoned by her sweetheart at the time, who many of the townspeople thought she would marry. The story does not reveal a name for Emily’s father, he is just known as her father. He is already dead in the story and it just gives some glimpses of him in the past and how he was. He is described as a controlling person, especially towards his daughter Emily. He was the kind of person who thought very highly of himself and his family pride. Emily was single much of her life, and the reason for that was her father, he had always tried to control her life that drove many men away from her life. He felt none of the men who were in her life wasn’t good enough for her. One by one men left Miss Emily’s life, and she was left single in her 30’s, with no man in sight. Being single, no man in her life, Emily Grierson’s lonely feeling had just started then. After her father died, Emily refused to give away his body. She kept on saying that her father wasn’t dead for days. She eventually gave her father’s body away for burial after breaking down when everyone kept calling her and convincing her to give up her father’s body for burial.
William Faulkner used indirect characterization to portray Miss Emily as a stubborn, overly attached, and introverted women through the serious of events that happened throughout her lifetime. The author cleverly achieves this by mentioning her father’s death, Homer’s disappearance, the town’s taxes, and Emily’s reactions to all of these events. Emily’s reactions are what allowed the readers to portray her characteristics, as Faulkner would want her to be
Miss Emily was part of the highly revered Grierson family, the aristocrats of the town. They held themselves to a higher standard, and nothing or nobody was ever good enough for them. Faulkner fist gives us the clue of Emily's mental condition when he refers to Emily's great-aunt, Lady Wyatt. Faulkner tells us that Lady Wyatt had "gone completely crazy" (Faulkner 93). Due to the higher standards they had set for themselves, they believed that they were too high for that and then distanced themselv...
In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” the main character of the story is Miss Emily Grierson. To analyze and examine her character, it is almost impossible not to look at the psychological aspect of it. Through the narrative of Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Miss Emily’s behavior and character is revealed as outright strange from any average standard of characters.
Just as their physical characteristics, Faulkner uses the Grierson house as a symbol for Miss Emily's change in social status. In its prime, the house was "big," and "squarish," and located on Jefferson's "most select street" (69). This description gives the reader the impression that the residence was not only extremely solid, but also larger than life, almost gothic in nature, and seemingly impervious to the petty problems of the common people. The members of the Grierson family, especially Emily, were also considered to be strong and powerful. The townspeople regarded them as regal. And Emily, as the last living Grierson, came to symbolize her family's, and possibly the entire south's, rich past. The townspeople's reveration of Emily soon decayed, however, once it was rumored that she was left no money, only the house, in her father's will. Also, her scandalous appearances with Homer Barron further lessened her reputation in the public eye. And, perhaps inevitably, the prestige and desirability of the Grierson house fell right along side Miss Emily's diminishing name.