People who read about William Faulkner (1897-1962) know that he did not lead an easy life. He had the bad habit of drinking way too much, but above all he was very lonely. In his short story “A Rose For Emily,” Emily becomes very important because it represents in some way Faulkner himself. Even though she was perceived as an idol from the town, she felt very lonely.
Everyone in town considered Emily as monument, and if you describe something as a monument, you mean that it is a very good example of the results or effects of those qualities, such as her father. Her father was a great person who was respected by everyone, and the town thought that Emily would take her father's place. After Emily’s father’s death, the situation changed, but people in town did not notice it. Emily became depressed. People also thought that she had a strong personality because she dominated the neighbors. Of course, the town members, who are perhaps represented by the unnamed narrator, were ready to get rid of this weight, but in some way they were tied down. Her father was the last that surrounded her. They found it impossible to directly confront her - to evict her for not paying taxes to approach her about the awful stench coming from her house. Also, when she went to the drugstore and requested the best poison that exist, arsenic, the pharmacist asked her “Why she wanted this poison?” He proceeded and said “The law requires you to tell what you are going ...
Need Writing Help?
Get feedback on grammar, clarity, concision and logic instantly.Check your paper »
- Throughout the Eighteen Years of my life I read many interesting short stories. Some stories where more eye catching than others. Furthermore “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner and “Metamorphosis” by Franz Kafka were not on the top of my list. In my opinion, the stories were eye catching because of how the author made its characters react and respond toward the suspense and eeriness in certain parts of the climax of the stories. For example, in “A Rose For Emily” the ladies of the community said “We did not say she was crazy then.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1625 words (4.6 pages)
- A Rose for Emily—Essay The short story A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner first comes off as a disturbing story. When you realize that Miss Emily Grierson, who is the main character in this story, kills the man she’s though to be in love with, all you can really think is that she’s crazy. I think the conflict in the story is Miss Emily not being able to find love. With her father not giving her a chance to date, thinking that there was no one good enough for her. Then, the only man she has been able to love dies, which is her father.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
523 words (1.5 pages)
- William Faulkner begins his short story, “A Rose for Emily” with the funeral of the main character, Emily Grierson (30). Emily is a quiet woman. It is said that nobody has been in her house for ten years, excluding her servant (30). Supposedly, her house used to be the best one around. The town also has a different connection with Miss Grierson. She is the only person in the town who is not forced to pay taxes. For years the town neither makes her pay, nor harasses her with tax notification letters to pay her taxes, until now.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1351 words (3.9 pages)
- “She would not listen to them (795),” but they listened to her. They listened and watched throughout all of Miss Emily’s life – scowling, sympathizing, and, sometimes, they even smiled for her. These ever-watchful beings, the curious citizens of Jefferson, share and provide a backbone to this twisted tale in William Faulkner’s gothic short story, A Rose For Emily; though the views cast about Miss Emily differ significantly by generation and gender, their opinion conveyed as a whole expresses that they view Miss Emily as a shocking, unacceptable and “fallen (792)” being.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
927 words (2.6 pages)
- Desperation for love arising from detachment can lead to extreme measures and destructive actions as exhibited by the tumultuous relationships of Miss Emily in William Faulkner's “A Rose for Emily” (rpt. in Thomas R. Arp and Greg Johnson, Perrine's Literature: Structure, Sound, and Sense, 9th ed. [Boston: Wadsworth, 2006] 556). Miss Emily is confined from society for the majority of her life by her father, so after he has died, she longs for relations that ironically her longing destroys. The despondency and obsession exuded throughout the story portray the predicament at hand.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1042 words (3 pages)
- A Rose for Emily tells the tale of a lonely woman named Emily Grierson and the events that occur since her father died up and up until her death. The unique thing about this story is that it isn’t told in chronological order. Faulkner transitions from the past to the present all throughout the story. The events being out of order make the story more interesting and it also creates suspense. The audience might be confused at times but at the end of the story everything adds up and makes sense. I think that if Faulkner had told it in chronological order it would have been boring and predictable.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
885 words (2.5 pages)
- Back in the day when I was very little, I remember that my dad used to take care of me. He would never let me run around the house when glass could off break and hurt me. As I kept growing up my father started to give more freedom but also gave me more responsibilities; like he wanted me to do the chores of the house, not all of them but some. I knew they were not mine to do but I still help. When I went off to college and I had to do all by myself, I realize that my father did good on making me do my laundry, chores and etc., when I was young.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1454 words (4.2 pages)
- William Faulker’s "A Rose for Emily", is a story told from the viewpoint of a resident of the town which Emily was, born, raised, and eventually died in. There is a very dark and ominous feel to this story, which mainly revolves around death. The story takes place in the south, where at the time, slaves were newly emancipated and things are taking to quite a change. Even though the Gierson family was very powerful and well known, nothing could have been done to save Ms. Emily. As generations passed you could clearly see that the town was undergoing a great change, in which Emily was not ready for.... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1740 words (5 pages)
- Plot summary "A Rose for Emily" is a short story divided into five sections: Section one opens with a description of the Grierson home and its setting in Jefferson. The narrator mentions that over the past 25 years Miss Emily’s home has fallen into despair and become "an eyesore among eyesores." The first sentence of the story sets the tone of how the citizens of Jefferson felt about Emily: "When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to the funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant–a combined gardener and cook–had seen in at least ten years.” The... [tags: A Rose For Emily, William Faulkner]
1024 words (2.9 pages)
- An Interpretation of William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" In the short story " A Rose for Emily," William Faulkner tells the sad story of a woman who has had an extremely sheltered life. It is a tragic story in which Miss Emily's hopes and dreams for a normal life are hopelessly lost. William Faulkner was simply writing a sad story that can be related to anyone who has had hopes and aspirations, but has conflict within themselves and with others and who is unable to fulfill any of them.... [tags: A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner]
738 words (2.1 pages)