Response To William Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily”



“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is an excellent story. The narrator, a non-participant, through a third person point of view communicates the story of Emily Grierson. Personally, I like this point of view, because it allows me to see the characters from a broader perspective. Faulkner is never clear about who his narrator for this story is. The only known fact about the narrator is that it (being he or she) is a member of Jefferson City’s townspeople. It is obvious that the narrator is a member by the narrator including himself (by saying we) with the townspeople when he speaks of them. The protagonist of this story is a woman named Emily Grierson. The antagonists of this ...

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mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house”(26). As the story unfolds, the reader learns of all of Miss Emily’s hard times. These hard times include losing a father who was the only man who ever really loved her and falling in love with a man (Homer Barron) who doesn’t really love her. She needed to be secure that no one else would abandon her like her father, so in order to keep Homer Barron with her forever; she murdered him and slept with his corpse.
Man versus Society is the underlying theme of “A Rose for Emily,” because Jefferson City’s society plays a constant antagonist role throughout Faulkner’s short story. I believe that Faulkner uses the townspeople in “A Rose for Emily” as an effect with the point of view. By creating the narrator at third person townsperson point of view, Faulkner allows the reader to witness the entire story unfold before his eyes. It enables the person reading the story develop a better understanding of character motives. Had ...

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