A Rose For Emily 7


Power and Love in "A Rose for Emily"
One of the most frequently anthologized stories by William Faulkner, "A Rose for Emily," is the remarkable story of Emily Grierson, an aging spinster in Jefferson, whose death and funeral draws the attention of the entire town, "the men through sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity." The unnamed narrator, which can be identified as "the town," in a seemingly haphazard way relates key moments in Emily's life. In this story, Faulkner discusses the struggle for power relative to love. Emily believes that power and love are synonymous.
The first part of Emily's life is spent with her father, Mr. Grierson. ...

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over her, which Emily interprets as love, is gone.
Emily never experiences a normal relationship. The townspeople do not feel affection for her in the traditional sense. Instead, they regard Emily as "a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town." Emily is somewhat of a recluse. After her father’s death, she is not seen “for a long time.” Two years later, after her lover Homer Barron disappears, she stays alone inside her house for at least ten years. During this time, her only relationship with another person is with her manservent, or “Negro,” Tobe. This relationship mimics that with her father in that she holds power over him. Faulkner’s reference to Tobe as “the old Negro” rather than by his name, while congruent with feelings of that time, reinforces the nature of their impersonal, servile relationship. Once again, Emily replaces affection with power.
After her father’s death, ...

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