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A Rose for Emily : Plot Analysis and Time line
Transcript of A Rose for Emily : Plot Analysis and Time line
Is the beginning of the story where the
author introduces the character and the
A series of events that builds from the beginning of the story. Rising action is where the author builds interest and tension in the story
Highest point of tension or action in the story.
The climax is an important turning point for the characters or the story.
The events of the story after the climax or turning point. The events are leading to the end of the story and the resolution
The resolution. This is the final outcome or “untangling” of the events of the story.
Techniques applied by Faulkner on this story
A Rose For Emily
The exposition is found in part I:
"WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her 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 man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at least ten years."
The narrator talks about the death's of Emily's father and the death of her love.
People start complaining about a bad smell that came from her house.
Four men crossed Emily's lawn in order to take away the smell without her consent.
The narrator talks more about Mr. Grierson's death:
People went to Emily's house in order to show respect for the death of her father, but she didn't accept he was dead.
She was forced to buried her father after three days
The town had just begun the sidewalks around the town, and Homer appears in the story.
The people town began to see Miss Emily and Homer Barron dating
They just said that her kinsfolk should come to her.
People came in their confederate uniforms to Emily's funeral.
That's when they found out about Homer Baron in Emily's Bed.
They found a grey hair besides Homer on a pillow who everyone thought it was Emily's
The beginning of the end.
The smell & the beloved fallen
People started to feel sorry about he
When the villagers thought that she was fallen, they used to see her with her head high.
Two of her cousins went to her house
Emily went to the drug store in order to get Arsenic
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Of events in A Rose For Emily
Mr. Grierson Died
C. Sartories Remitted taxes
Emily meets Homer
Weekly carriage rides with Barron
Rumors that Emily was having an affair with Barron started to spread all over the town
Homer Confessed that he wasn't a marrying man
Emily went to the drug store where she bough the poison
Minister's visit and Emily cousins were sent to her house
Cousins left and two days after, Homer came and was never seen again
Barron dissapeared two years after Grierson's death and the smell appeared.
China Painting Lessons
Colonel Sartoris Died
Aldermen visited Emily in order to collect taxes.
Emily Died at 74 years
The negro opened the door and dissapeared
-Cousins came and prepared the funeral
They grounded Emily
Opened the bedroom located upstairs
Found Homer's cadaver
Her house was the most curious object for people because no one in years except for her and her servant had seem how it looks inside.
The town had a special relationship with Miss Emily ever since it decided to stop billing her for taxes in 1894.
The new generation, unhappy with this,decided to visit Emily and tried to get her to pay the debt.
She refused to acknowledge that the old arrangement might not work any more, and flatly refused to pay.
William Faulkner makes a combination of times, putting the past and the present together in one piece.
By: William Faulkner
The rising action in the story appears when:
Miss Emily refused to pay the taxes.
The smell at the house was disturbing the neighborhood and people where complaining about it.
When Emily bought the rat poison.
These examples basically shows a moment of interest because Faulkner imposes a idea of confusion, you don’t really know what for she bought that and creates a tension between the story and the reader
In ‘A rose for Emily’ Faulkner uses a non-linear time frame, with constant flashbacks and foreshadowing. Opening the story with the death of Miss Emily and then jumping into a deep ocean of events of the past. Introducing the reader in to a journey to get to know the life of the character. All these flashbacks seem to represent the collective memory of an entire town. Within these flashbacks, which jump in time from ten years past to forty years, past are hidden clues which prepare the reader for the unexpected ending, such ad hints of Emily’s insanity, her odd behavior concerning the deaths of loved ones, and the evidence that the murder took place
People started to say that Emily would kill herself.
Emily started to buy man's clothes
Emily is visited by the minister
The progression of time is presented when the new generation "became the spirit of the town"
What I want is What I get
Progression of Time
The funeral & the secret discovered