Essay about A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner
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In the story “ A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner the narrator introduces the reader to Emily Grierson, a sheltered southern woman who while alive struggled immensely with her sanity and the evolving world around her. Emily's father, a very prestigious man is the cause of Emily's senseless behavior. He kept her secluded from the rest of the town “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away...” (Page 3.) If Emily had been allowed to date and socialize with people her own age would she had turned out differently.
Emily Grierson, the only remaining member of the upper class Grierson family refuses to leave the past behind her even as the next generation begins to take over. Miss Emily becomes so caught up in the way…show more content…
Or were the Grierson's so powerful that they convinced the Colonel to leave Emily be?
The only relationships Emily ever had during her sheltered life were with men, which is quite ironic considering the fact that her father forbid males from having any contact with his precious daughter. There was Tobe her Negro servant, Homer the man she was to marry, and of course her father. Miss Emily and Tobe seemed to have a personal relationship it was deeper than him just being her servant. Every one else referred to him as “ That Nigger” and the narrator of the story simply called him “ The Negro”. When Miss Emily calls Tobe by his first name it proves that she has a sense of respect for him, he is also the only person(other than Homer) allowed in and out of her home after her father's death. Tobe proved his loyalty by keeping her darkest secrets ( The murder of Homer. It was obvious that he knew Homer was locked away in the upper half of the house because the day of the funeral he exited out the back door and was never seen again. Tobe knew what they were going to find when the people of Jefferson entered the bedroom) and remaining by Miss Emily's side until the very end. Miss Emily's father was the main reason behind her being secluded from the rest of the town. He felt as if no man would ever be good enough for
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William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" was originally published in the April 30, 1930, issue of Forum. It was his first short story published in a major magazine. A slightly revised version was published in two collections of his short fiction, These 13 (1931) and Collected Stories (1950). It has been published in dozens of anthologies as well. "A Rose for Emily" is the story of an eccentric spinster, Emily Grierson. An unnamed narrator details the strange circumstances of Emily's life and her odd relationships with her father, her lover, and the town of Jefferson, and the horrible secret she hides. The story's subtle complexities continue to inspire critics while casual readers find it one of Faulkner's most accessible works. The popularity of the story is due in no small part to its gruesome ending.
Faulkner often used short stories to "flesh out" the fictional kingdom of Yoknapatawpha County, Mississippi, for his novels. In fact, he revised some of his short fiction to be used as chapters in those novels. "A Rose for Emily" takes place in Jefferson, the county seat of Yoknapatawpha. Jefferson is a critical setting in much of Faulkner's fiction. The character of Colonel Sartoris plays a role in the story; he is also an important character in the history of Yoknapatawpha. However, "A Rose for Emily" is a story that stands by itself. Faulkner himself modestly referred to it as a "ghost story," but many critics recognize it as an extraordinarily versatile work. As Frank A. Littler writes in Notes on Mississippi Writers, "A Rose for Emily" has been ". . . read variously as a Gothic horror tale, a study in abnormal psychology, an allegory of the relations between North and South, a meditation on the nature of time, and a tragedy with Emily as a sort of tragic heroine."
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