A Rose For Emily


William Faulker's " " tells the story of a young
woman who is violated by her father's strict mentality. After being the only
man in her life Emily's father dies and she finds it hard to let go. Emily
was raised in the ante-bellum period before the Civil War. This story takes
place in the Reconstruction Era after the war when the North takes control of
the South. Like her father, Miss Emily possesses a stubborn outlook towards
life and refuses to change. This short story explains Emily, her mystified
ways and the townsfolk's sympathetic curiosity.
The plot of the story is mainly about Miss Emily's attitude about
change. "On the first of the year they mailed her a tax notice. ...

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Civil War the South didn't have to pay
taxes and since her father had made a contribution to the town of a generous
amount, Colonel Sartoris, mayor at that time had remitted her taxes, she felt
that that promise or rather gift still stood good. "After her father's death
she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw
her at all."(190). Miss Emily might have stayed out the public eye after
those two deaths because she was finally alone, something she in her life was
not used to. Emily's father never let her alone and when he died Homer Baron
was a treat she was never allowed to have. Miss Emily's stubborn attitude
definitely came from her father's strict teachings.
The characters of this story are very briefly mentioned, Miss Emily
and Mr. Homer Barron are the two main characters described. Miss Emily was
described as a short, fat, aged and mysterious women during her later years.
Miss Emily had been through much and had seen many ...

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is told through the eyes of the townspeople which
is an example of limited omniscient; a narrator inside the work telling the
story. Faulkner expressed a lot of the resident's opinions towards Emily and
her family's history. They mention old lady Wyatt, her great aunt who had
gone completely mad. These opinions seem to come from female members of the
town because they have a nosy approach. "At first we were glad Miss Emily
would have an interest, because the ladies all said, 'Of course a Grierson
would not think seriously of a Northerner, a laborer.'"(191). The ladies
continue to throw sympathy towards Miss Emily, although she never hears it.
She is slightly aware of the faint ...

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