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"A Rose for Emily"

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Rehmaan Momin

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Transcript of "A Rose for Emily"

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
Freytag's Pyramid
Widow Sleeps with Dead Husband's Decomposing Corpse for a Year After His Death...

*Wife continues to sleep with husband's decomposing corpse for a year after his death

*79 year old "Marcel H." (Leige, Belgium) had died from asthma attack in November of 2012

*However wife did not report the death

On November 2013, landlord claims that couple is behind on paying rent

*Belgium authorities come investigate and find deceased man

*Smell was not reported because corpse was mummified

So when does love turn psychopathic?
Inciting Incident-
*Homer Barron is called upon to pave new sidewalks

*He is instantly the talk of the town

* He and Emily start fancying each other

*Post Civil War

*Takes place in 1800's to 1900's

*Small town called Jefferson

*Emily's father has died

*Her housing taxes have been suspended
Symbols: The Hair
Who is who?
*Partakes in incest (father's body)
*Kills her lover, Homer Barron, using rat poison
*Dies at age 74
*Homer goes into Emily's house after shortly leaving town; never heard from again

*Emily had killed him with the rat poison

Homer Barron-
*Very social, unlike Emily
*Is called to Jefferson to pave sidewalks
*Likes Emily
*While preparing for their wedding, goes to Emily's house and is never heard from again
*Is found dead on a bed-killed by Emily using rat poison


*After her death, townspeople grow curious

*What's inside that blocked off top floor?

*They break it down, go into a groom's prep room

*Homer's corpse is on the bed

*Indention in pillow next to him with iron-colored hair on it
Rising Action-
*Homer is possibly a homosexual (or just not interested in marriage)

Rising Action-

*Emily buys at poison for some mysterious reason

*Does not give reason why

Falling action-

*Emily dies at the age of 74.
Falling Action

*The townspeople go to mourn Emily's death
*People of Jefferson
*Extremely curious about Emily and Homer
*Give us perspective of an outsider
*Shows how much time has passed since Father's death

*Iron-gray strand of hair next to Homer's body shows us Emily has been sleeping with him even after his death

Symbols: The House
*In the time after the Civil War, nice houses like Emily's weren't very common

*Houses usually symbolize places that you can be free in (you don't have to maintain your nice image)

*Emily, however, made her home her prison, isolating herself as well as Homer until their deaths
Symbols: The Taxes
*Taxes show the change that happens after the new generation has taken over

*They revoked her right to have a remission of taxes
*Thought of her as an annoyance, "Why does she get to live in luxury while we can't?"

*In a sense, they charged her taxes because they wanted to get rid of her

Symbols: Death
*Father's death is the cause of tax remission

*He always controlled her, taking away her independence, even in death

*Her Father and Homer are both dead, but aren't buried for some time, instead staying with Emily

*Symbolizes the distance people have from death even when they are physically near to each other
Symbols: Arsenic
*Roses usually symbolize love...right?

*Emily, who has been controlled all her life is finally able to live her life

*She does love Homer, but when she finds out that Homer has no intention of marriage, she must find a way to keep this "love" alive

*So she kills Homer, because that is the only way she can ever stay with him

*Townspeople are extremely curious: who is Emily Grierson?

*People, as well as readers, only know her through gossip

*"Watching" is powerful because it replaces a person true nature with words

*The thing Emily wants most,love, goes away because of death.
*Her father, her first, died and she tried to still have his compassion by keeping his body. If it wasn't for death she would always have love from her father.

*Sieczkowski, Cavan. "Widow Sleeps With Dead Husband's Decomposing Corpse For A Year After His Death (GRAPHIC PHOTOS)." The Huffington Post. TheHuffingtonPost.com, 20 Nov. 2013. Web. 09 Oct. 2014.

*"William Cuthbert Faulkner." Bio. A&E Television Networks, 2014. Web. 13 Oct. 2014.
*Arsenic kills rats, and helps get rid of nasty smells

*Since Homer seemed to want to break things off with Emily, she viewed him as a rat

*After losing her Father, she had nobody. So she has to keep Homer somehow..and she did so by killing him
Symbols: Rose
Who was this guy?
William Cuthbert Falkner
*Born in New Albany, Mississippi (September 25,1897)

*Much of his early works were poetry, until he wrote American South novels

*Was awarded the 1949 Nobel Prize in Literature, two Puliltzers, and two National Book awards

*Loved drawing, reading and writing

*Estelle Oldham- the two dated until Cornell Franklin proposed to her before he could

*Enlisted in Royal Air Force; had to lie about birthplace and surname (Faulkner)

*Died on July 6, 1962

Tell me what some hidden clues are..
"When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men went through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument."
*Metaphor; uses "fallen monument" to express how the townspeople thought of her as
"Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps."
*Personification; "...lifting its stubborn and coquettish..." Emily is just like her house because of her display of misplaced pride.
So For The
Each of you will be given a handout. Please complete it tonight.
Emily's father
Emily meets

Emily kills
Emily dies.
Emily's funeral
is held in her
Homer's body is
found and Emily's
hair is next to homer.
*The Griersons are no longer honorable

*Emily's house is destroyed

*The townspeople will gossip about this for quite a while after her death.
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