The stylistic choices such as themes, point of view, and figures of speech by William Faulkner in his short story “A Rose for Emily” are specifically chosen to illustrate the collective perspective the townsfolk have on Miss. Emily. The gothic story features moments of emotional vacillations that enhance the uncertainty and suspense throughout the entire story. Specific to the passage Faulkner uses particular writing devices to draw attention to key ideas such as traditional values, culture and gender roles, and the idea of pity. Throughout the passage it becomes apparent that tradition is valued deeply by the townspeople but keeping a watchful eye on Miss. Emily is just as relevant in their daily lives.
Lafferty 1 Jacquelyn Lafferty Professor DeAnglis ENG 102 6,December. 2015 Mind Over Matter In “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner, the narrator creates this image of Emily to only benefit the townspeople and the town. The townspeople continue to torment Emily even when she has passed away. The town try’s to protect their image as a southern knit community, with her inheriting her father’s house, the town feels responsible for Emily at this point. Although they feel for Emily, they continuously
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
“A Rose for Emily” takes place in Jefferson, Mississippi. The time span of the story of this troubled young woman’s life stretched over forty years, from 1875-1920. “A Rose for Emily” is a fictional story, like most of William Faulkner’s works. In A Rose for Emily, Emily represents the old south. Emily had many traditional beliefs. In my paper I will be writing about how the town reacted to her keeping her father’s body after he passed away, how the town reacted to Emily killing Homer, and if they thought she was guilty of murder or insane. William Faulkner uses “A Rose for Emily” to show how the south reacted to modern times.
How would today’s society treat a situation such as Emily Grierson different from the society during the time period of the story? This a question that some will think about after reading a story such as this as well as how it will affect individuals’ lives. The residents in the strict small town of Jefferson already did not agree on how Emily was living with her lover let alone what she did to him shook them up as well. People today probably would have sympathy for Grierson knowing what she her life was like that lead to this horrific event happen.
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In “A Rose for Emily”, Charles Faulkner used a series of flashbacks and foreshadowing to tell Miss Emily’s story. Miss Emily is an interesting character, to say the least. In such a short story of her life, as told from the prospective of a townsperson, who had been nearly eighty as Miss Emily had been, in order to tell the story from their own perspective. Faulkner set up the story in Mississippi, in a world he knew of in his own lifetime. Inspired by a southern outlook that had been touched by the Civil War memory, the touch of what we would now look at as racism, gives the southern aroma of the period. It sets up Miss Emily’s southern belle status and social standing she had been born into, loner or not.
A Rose for Emily Life is fickle and most people will be a victim of circumstance and the times. Some people choose not to let circumstance rule them and, as they say, “time waits for no man”. Faulkner’s Emily did not have the individual confidence, or maybe self-esteem and self-worth, to believe that she could stand alone and succeed at life especially in the face of changing times. She had always been ruled by, and depended on, men to protect, defend and act for her. From her Father, through the manservant Tobe, to Homer Barron, all her life was dependent on men.