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a rose for emily

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Transcript of a rose for emily

Emily Meets Homer Barron
Plot
Miss Emily Grierson is dead
Emily's father passes away
Homer Deserts Emily
Emily Grierson's Funeral
Homer is Discovered
Structure, Narrator, & Tone
Significance of the title?
How is the story told?
Who is the narrator?
What narrative perspective is used?
What is the tone?
Is the narrator reliable?
William Faulkner
Background
Comparison
Emily Grierson resembles his sweetheart
Miss Emily was still single in her thirties because of her father's high standards
Estelle's father, like Emily's, wanted someone who was financially stable and successful
They both grew up influenced and controlled by their father's high standards
Born in Albany Mississippi on September 25, 1897
Came from an impoverished family
Began writing poems, mostly dedicated to Estelle Oldham
Marries his sweetheart
Estelle's family didn't approve of the courtship
Started getting recognition in the 1920s
Purpose and Meaning
Main Idea
The story starts off with Emily's funeral and a description of her house
The story ends with the discovery of the locked room and its dead contents
The main point is the eventual death of all things in the face of change,
Character Transformation
Emily Grierson changes throughout the generations

Her personality gives way to contempt towards new concepts

Her appearance goes from a slender woman to a bloated corpse

The house itself is slowly decaying, much like its owner

The town, in stark contrast, is steadily improving and advancing through the decades
Historical Context
Post-Civil War State of Mississippi


Reconstruction Era and forward


Old Southern setting vs New Southern Setting


Urban location being updated


Society trying to forget the war and slavery
A Rose for Emily
By William Faulkner
Major Themes
Minor Themes
Death
Tradition vs Modernization
Solitude
Emily is set in her ways and refuses to embrace any new ideas
Death is evident throughout the story from start to finish
Miss Emily was raised under the confinements of her father and lived in seclusion from then on
Symbols
Figurative Elements
The House
The Strand of Hair
Miss Emily's house is all that remains of the old South
The strand is described as "iron-gray" similar to Miss Emilys character
"When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument..."
Like Emily the past is "not a diminishing road, but...a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches...."
Video Adaptation (1983)
The author based the story on the changes that occurred in the South after the Civil War.

The North and South coming together

How titles and upper class were vanishing.

Women Suffrage becoming known throughout the states.

Analyzing change is constantly taking place

Author's Purpose: Indicate how change is always taking place in society
"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."
A Rose for Emily
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