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A Rose For Emily
Transcript of A Rose For Emily
By William Faulkner
Born in New Albany, Mississippi
First of 4 brothers
He was one of the four brothers that took pleasure in reading and education
Became an American writer and Nobel Prize winner
Known for his novels and short stories
The story contains a lot of figurative language.
Ex: "The men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument...". The author uses Emily's death as a metaphor as the fallen monument.
A Rose For Emily takes place in a fictional Mississippi county named Jefferson,Yoknapatawpha. Emily is born in 1861 and later dies at age 74 in 1935.
-Miss Emily is an old-school southern belle that, after many years of the passing of her father, no longer finds it necessary to pay taxes.We can infer that Emily was a broken person.
In "A Rose For Emily", William Faulkner employs these conflicts:
Man vs. Man
Man vs. Society
Man vs. Nature
Man vs. Self.
Man Vs. Man
(Emily vs. Father) The father was an aristocrat who didn't let anybody go near her daughter.
"None of the young men were quite good enough for Miss Emily and such"
When the author introduces her father and elaborates her personality and background
The town's attitude towards Emily's relationship with Homer is very rough, and many rumors are going around the town. Emily buys Arsenic and her house starts to have a foul odor.
When some towns people go into Emily's house they find Homer's skeleton and strands of gray hair on the pillow next to his corpse. Emily had poisoned him and continued to lay next to him.
The towns people cautiously entered the house that few had visited since the death of Mr.Grierson, her father.
About a decade before she dies, Colonel Sartoris tries to pay her taxes.
The next 40 years. Beginning with her funeral, going back 10 years to when the "never generation" came to collect her taxes, and then back another thirty years to the death of Emily's father.
The beginning of the story where she is introduced at her own funeral
A Rose For Emily has a lot of themes but the main one is Mystery.
-The residents of Jefferson closely follow the Grierson house."What was the cause of the foul smell?" ... "Why did Emily purchase the Arsenic"
Man vs. Society
Her own community was against Emily marrying Homer Baron who was a Northern Yankee constructor, which to them was a low class person. "Then some of the ladies began to say that it was a disgrace to the town and a bad example of young people".
As time past Emily started getting old, and fat. Her beauty faded away showing that time didn't do so well for her.
"She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and that pallid hue. Her eyes, lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough."
An outsider in town who becomes the subject of gossip. He was man who was loved by Emily.
The house symbolizes Gothic Literature the fact that the house was built in the 1870s might tell us that Emily's father must have been well off after the Civil War.
Lime Stone & Arsenic
The Lime and the Arsenic are symbols of attempting to hide something embarrassing or creepy. Like the odor that was coming from her house.
The taxes also fall under Imagery, and Allegory.
-After Emily's father dies she does not want to pay her taxes anymore
-The taxes can be seen as a symbol of death, and financial decline.
Throughout the story Emily has had many internal conflicts, but the most affective conflict is when her father dies.She becomes depressed,denying reality ever since. There was another very strong conflict that she had within herself, which was whether to let go of the man to whom she loved or keep him with her... forever.
" Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indention of a head... we saw a long strand of iron gray hair"
William Faulkner Picture:
Picture of 1870s house