The Effects of Tone in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

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The story "A Rose for Emily" is one of first William Faulkner’s publications. The action of this story takes place in a time filled with social and political turmoil, when Southern came into a historical lethargy, and when its glow start faded. The elements presented in "A Rose for Emily" make reference to that time and are a tribute to Mss. Emily Graiser. A dominant tone is shown by a footprint of the past and loneliness to which was added symbolism and melancholia. The author showed us through his words issue of life, love and death, a sensitivity which gets us closer of characters' life and struggles.
The story begins with the death of Emily Graiser- the main character- and the action is presented backwards and gradually her life and action from the time she was young until she died. The story is narrated from the town's point of view which has a great attention on Graiser family, a wealthy family for which there is great respect, not only because they were rich also because of its history being the oldest family of that region.
The imposing house presented at the beginning of the story is a very important element and was presented as "squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores" symbolize not only the house degradation also symbolize the financial situation of Graiser's family which is in decline, but also the white color...

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...the end of story along with her death, when people found at the first floor in one room-unused for years- the rotten body of her fiancé. It got even scarier when a mark of her head is founded on the pillow next to her fiancé’s corpse, as if would have slept the whole times near Homer.
William Faulkner's story brought us back in time-in a southern town-where Emily is presented to us as a scattered, lost and at the end found her stacked in past along with the people around her. Emily represents a place and a culture for the lost world undated to the values of modern civilization, and with her death life begins to take its course, and past is forgotten making room for a new life.

Works Cited

Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily." Literature: An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. By X. J. Kennedy and Dana Gioia. Boston: Pearson, 2013. 31-37. Print
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