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~A Rose for Emily~

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Paola Gonzalez

on 20 October 2014

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Transcript of ~A Rose for Emily~

A Rose For Emily by William Faulkner
Adora Gomez, Paola Gonzalez, Sana Khandwalla, Keziah Shaju, Aniyah Zaman
Falling Action
Rising Action
Inciting Incident
After the death of Miss Emily's father, a construction company came to pave the sidewalks.

In the construction company was a man named Homer Barron, whom Miss Emily fell in love with.
Homer and Miss Emily begin "dating".

The townspeople do not approve of the relationship because Miss Emily is wealthy, while Homer is a day laborer.

They found out that Homer was gay and was not going to marry Miss Emily.

William Faulkner
Figurative Language
Major Conflicts
Born on September 25, 1897 in New Albany, Mississippi
Poet at first, but famous primarily for his writing about the South
Never graduated high school
Worked as a railroad financier, politician, soldier, farmer, businessman, lawyer, and a best-selling author
Wrote a lot about racism, sexuality, and prejudice
Awarded Nobel Prize in literature
Died July 6, 1962
When Miss Emily goes to the drug store and requests to buy poison, arsenic in particular, saying that it's "for rats".
"She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes...looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough as they moved from one face to another..." -

"When we saw her again, her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl, with a vague resemblance to those angels in colored church windows-sort of tragic and serene." -
simile, imagery
Miss Emily has died.

The whole town went to the funeral, mainly to see what the inside of the house looked like.

Rose Colors - symbolizes Miss Emily never ending love/obsession with Homer.

Rats - represent betryal, and in a way, anything bad or rotten. Homer betrayed Miss Emily with love that he could have never given genuinely, due to the fact that he was gay and was not planning to marry anyone.

Our protagonist, Emily Grierson, is in love with someone who can never love her back.

Her father chased away all of her suitors, so she couldn't get married or have romantic relationships, like a normal young adult.

When Miss Emily’s father had died, Miss Emily refused to acknowledge the death for four days before the townspeople came and forcefully took his body away to bury it.

The townspeople took away her only comfort, thus driving her into a deep feeling of isolation and solitude.
Miss Emily- The protagnist of the story; she becomes smitten with Homer Barone, but realizes that she can't be with him. Miss Emily is best described as obsessive and demented because of her ungodly actions. She is a dynamic character.

Homer Barone- The antogonist of the story; this is the man Emily murders, but the tragedy is focused on Emily. Homer, although aware of the fact that he is adored by Emily, unknowingly breaks her heart; causing her to murder him.

Mr. Grierson (Emily's father)- In a way, the secondary antagonist; he was the main reason for Emily's isolation by driving away all of her suitors.

Tobe (Emily's servant)- Tobe is the only source Emily has the world outside of her home. He spends his days caring for her dutifully.

Although there are many possible themes...these stood out:
There is a thin line between love and obsession...
After Miss Emily's actions of ignoring the smell, the Aldermen came and secretly sprinkled lime over her lawn to get rid of the smell.

While doing this, the Aldermen sometimes saw Miss Emily from the window and noticed that she was growing plump and her hair graying.
If love is forced onto someone, there is no guarantee of it being returned.
The townspeople broke down the door that hasn't been opened for forty years.

They discover a dead Homer on a bed.

There is a second pillow next to Homer with an indention of a head and a gray hair, indicating that when Miss Emily was alive, she used to lie next Homer.
Symbols 2.0
House - represents Emily's isolation. She wanted a house in which she could love a man in, but, after Homer's death, she realized the house was like her prison; never to be shared with others.
Figurative Language
The townspeople called the cousins of Miss Emily, so the cousins can convince her to stop seeing Homer.

When the cousins came, Homer left town to avoid trouble, but came back once the cousins left.
Rising Action
Falling Action
Homer was not seen around town anymore, everyone assuming that he left.

The townspeople thought that Miss Emily became depressed and did not come out of her house anymore, due to Homer's departure.

A few days later, a horrible stench developed from Miss Emily's house.
"...the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument..."
- metaphor
Take 2-3 minutes to think about and discuss over what crosses your mind
when you think of the concept of obsession?

What do you think obsession can lead to?
William Faulkner
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