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A Rose for Emily

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on 30 March 2016

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William Faulkner is a southern American writer who was born in the small town of New Albny,Mississippi,on September 25,1897. He worked as a railroad, financier, politican,solider,farmer,businessman,lawyer and –in his twilight years-best-selling author (The White Rose of Memphis)
Famed Author: Faulkner become known for his faithful and accurate dictation of Southern speech. He also illuminated social issues that many American writers left in dark.
Screenwriting: after publishing several notable books, he turned to screenwriting.
Faulkner's prizes :
1949: he was awarded the Noble Prize in literature.
Summary

A Rose for Emily
Death:
William Faulkner died of a heart attack. Faulkner created an impressive literary legacy and remains a revered writer of the rural American South, having expertly captured the immense complexities of both the region's beauty and its dark past.
1955: he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in Fiction.
1951: he won the National Book Award
Biography
He became known for his faithful and accurate dictation of Southern speech. He also boldly illuminated social issues that many American writers left in the dark including slavery ,the “the good old boys” club and Southern aristocracy . Personally, Faulkner experienced both elation and soul-shocking sadness
His style:

Stylistically, Faulkner is best known for his complex sentence structure. Generally, the more complex the sentence structure, the more psychologically complex a character's thoughts.

Faulkner used the technique, “stream of consciousness,” in his writings frequently.

Most of Faulkner's fiction is concerned with history—with representing how time passes, blends, and recurs. Even in a short story like “A Rose for Emily,” with its shocking revelation that old Emily kept a corpse as her bedfellow, Faulkner seems more interested in arranging layers of history than in telling a sensational tale

Main idea

The story talks about the traditional people who were not able to adapt to the rapid changes, these people refused to accept changes and different culture .

A Contextual Background about South & North 
In his work ''a Rose for Emily'' Faulkner attempts to paint a picture of the changing south after The Civil War.
 
''A Rose for Emily'' can be seen as affective allegory of the relations between the north and the south during Faulkner time .
 
The south is known of being traditional , and the north of being very adaptable to change.
 

In this short story Faulkner symbolizes the north and the south through two individual people .Miss Emily represents the south, and Mr. Homer represents the north .
Homer was from the north and also represented '' the next generation with it's more modern ideas ''.

Miss Emily represents the old south .Her southern heritage and point of view are represented through her actions .
 
Miss Emily is ''denying progress'' in order to stop the changing tradition of the south.

In this short story Faulkner symbolizes the north and the south through two individual people .Miss Emily represents the south, and Mr. Homer represents the north .
Homer was from the north and also represented '' the next generation with it's more modern ideas ''.

Miss Emily represents the old south .Her southern heritage and point of view are represented through her actions .
 
Miss Emily is ''denying progress'' in order to stop the changing tradition of the south.

Setting
the story’s setting is that of typical southern gothic literature. The story takes place in Jefferson, a town somewhere in the south, which was the site of a civil war battle.

Also, Miss Emily’s house is a symbol of the decline of the wealthy in Jefferson. “Only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eye sore among eyesores”


Why did the South want slavery?

The south wanted slavery mainly because they wanted to be able to have workers but not have to pay them.
This way the South could make more money to either buy more slaves, more land, and be able to pay their taxes.
This is mainly why the Civil War started.
The North didn't like how the South didn't have to pay workers and the North did.
The South also depended on slavery to keep the growth of their farms, and plantations good.
With out slavery the South would have been much worse. 
symbols

1- Emily: she represents the heritage of the south, that's why people respect her. She is very traditional, she represents something important in the village.

2-Homer: He Northern ,sociable ,flexible, and liberal, unlike Emily ,he could change and adapt to situations ,when he got engaged to Emily ,he left her ,because she tries to control him as her father was doing with her ,but she failed to control him so she killed him and keep his corpse in her home in order to be able to control him ,but actually she controls his body and not his soul which is part of her culture .

The description of the house
It was a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; 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. 
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