Later, she then becomes acquainted with Homer Barron. All of the townspeople believe that Emily will marry Homer, but one day Homer walked into Emily’s house, and was never seen again. Emily, who has refused to pay her taxes since her father 's death, secludes herself from society and is later found dead in her house at age 74. William Faulkner, in his story, A Rose for Emily, Faulkner fulfills his own criteria for writing. In A Rose for Emily, Faulkner fulfills his own criteria for writing by showing honor and pride.
A Rose for Emily is a southern gothic short story about an elderly woman stuck in her ways. When we are first introduced to Emily it is at her funeral where the entire town has come to falsely pay their respects. The men only went to Emily’s funeral because they viewed her as a fallen monument and the women only went out of curiosity to peer inside Emily’s house, which had been closed up to the world and shrouded in mystery for decades. Throughout the story, the narrator gradually describes Emily’s descent into madness and her unwillingness to accept the change happening around her. The central theme of A Rose for Emily focuses on the never-ending battle between tradition and change, which is expertly portrayed by William Faulkner’s use of
Homer’s body is discovered in a room made to be a wedding chamber. Why do they make sure that Emily was decently in the ground before opening the room” The town is already aware of what transpired and finally feels sorrow and guilt for their role in Emily’s pitiful life. In “A Rose for Emily”, though the town speaks as a whole, the story communicate that the townswomen are ultimately responsible for Emily’s death. The arrangement of events in the story is narrated for the town to give reasons for their actions, to defend themselves, but, in the end, they had a rose for poor Emily. Works Cited Faulkner, William.
The organization of the story begins at Emily’s funeral and ends with the aftermath of the viewing. The deaths of her loved ones left her baffled and alone which is shown through the strategy of theme exposing her resistance to time. Furthermore, Faulkner uses Emily’s point of view to justify her actions that are thought to be irrational by the townsfolk. While attempting to control her own life, Emily Grierson destroys the joy she searches for by trying to create her own happiness.
Emily grows old with time and dies. At her funeral, the curious towns people find the decayed body of Homer Barron in a upstairs bed and a long strand of... ... middle of paper ... ...rectly fit in with the good side of humanism when she finally was humanized after her father died. Although Emily seems to be reclusive and stubborn, she takes on a whole new character after the story is finished. “We did not say she was crazy then.”(Faulkner 311) The author basically says that Emily was not considered crazy until Homer Barron’s dead body was found in her upstairs bed. The realization occurs that something was considerably wrong with Emily.
Emily is introduced first at her funeral where everyone from the town has come to pay respects. Emily then is described as “a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town”. (Faulkner 681) This meaning that the townspeople viewed her as more of a monument to the town that has been there for as long as they can remember and won’t be moved. Emily throughout the whole story is criticized for the way that she thinks she is more important than everyone else, but it takes a society to judge a person at the top in order for there to be any social ladder. When Emily meets Homer she again is criticized for being seen with someone who comes from a lower part of society, but she is also being criticized for thinking she is better than everyone else.
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. Body section 1 The day after Mr. Grierson’s death, the women of the town call on Emily to offer their condolences. Meeting them at the door, Emily would continue to say that her father was not dead; she continues to keep this up for three days.
A rather dark and disturbing short story written in 1931 by William Falkner, “A Rose For Emily” tells the tale of Emily Grierson, a troubled, and mysterious woman who has always been an outsider in her town. The story begins with the funeral of Emily, who had died at 74. Nobody, except her servant Tobe, had been inside her house for ten years, and the story goes back to this last encounter. Emily had had a special relationship with the town which allowed her to opt out on taxpaying because she couldn’t pay, but the newer generation did not like the idea. This is when the authorities went to her house to ask for payment, and she refused straight out.
When the townspeople come forward with complaints of the bad smell coming from her house. He says, “Dammit, sir will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?” (24) Emily Grierson is a good example of how the Old South functioned. They were proud and unable to accept that times were changing. She had wanted things to stay the same so badly that she shut herself in her house unwelcoming for anyone to enter. She could not handle her father’s death and tried very hard to isolate herself from the world changing.
Many speculations are made by different literary critics regarding Emily’s character; her lover “Homer Baron”; the meaning of a hidden watch she had in her pocket regarding her progress in life as time passed by; and the setting of the story. Miss Emily’s character can be described as a stubborn woman. She refuses to pay her taxes, “I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me” (517). After her father’s death she seems to have lost track of reality, “The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom.