(Name) (Instructors’ name) (Course) (Date) Analysis of Main Theme in “A Rose for Emily” The short story “A Rose for Emily” by American author Faulkner is one of the controversial stories in the history of literature. In the story, Emily Grierson is the main character who locks herself away by the help of the society since she does not abide, recognize, or follow the society’s cultural rules and beliefs…
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Since the story takes place in the 1930s, the government was not very serious in investigating matters affecting the society. Immoral acts took place in the presence of government watch. However, the government has changed its ways of operation since the 1900s. It has included inclusion of the intelligence service that gathers data before an atrocity has happened. The story symbolizes the failure of the society to accept change occurring and uses Emily as he symbol to reveal immorality in the society. According to Faulkner after the war, the Southerners resisted to change by clinging to their past instead of adopting the new ways and techniques of doing things. This led to the reconstruction era in the United Sates history where the rebellious Southerners were helped to get out of slavery. This act reveals many societies in our day-to-day life. Up to date, there are increased populations of the Black Americans in the Southern Sates of the United States increased due to rebellious citizens. Some communities currently prefer to stick to their outdated ways, cultural beliefs and customs. In the story of “A rose for Emily,” is a symbol of the ‘inner circle’ of development. ...
This is evident when the writer says, “Only now Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and gasoline pump-a eyesore among eyesores" (Faulkner 9). The statement reveals that the south had been living in the dark without technology or new ideas or ways of doing things. The dark moments in the society are reflected in the story of “A Rose for Emily,” when Emily decides to lock herself inside the house after her fathers death. Emily behaves in a way that surprises her societies members who had come pay respect to her dead father but instead of being in a mourning state she acts as if nothing had happened. She then reveals the dark side moment of the town people when she intentionally refuses to pay taxes and refers people as a man who has been dead for ten years (Faulkner 10). The societies are less concerned about the issue and she does no go to jail. In comparison to the present world, action is taken to the individuals who neglect paying the taxes. The town people do not take any action because is a reflective symbol of society and its old and unenlightened ways of handling issues concerning the society and its economy. These acts reflect how the society is not ready to let go of the wicked old ways. The story also reflects the old day practices by overlooking on the issue of house numbers and mailboxes are being implemented and issued in town. Emily refuses to have them and plans to stick to the old malpractices. Moreover, when the next generation starts ruling over the town with their modern ideas, the issue creates dissatisfaction to some individuals within the society. Some of the southerners stick to the old south ideas. This is evident where Emily is giving China painting lessons to the children most
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In literary terms, the writer of the paper says that the setting of the story is rich in Faulkner. The setting is in a sinister old house in Mississippi. According to Faulkner, the author created his own Mississippi County, Yoknapatawpha, as the setting for the story that is much of his own fiction.
The author interprets the story in many ways: as a tragic love story which depicts Emily’s great love for Homer Barron, as a comment on life in the deep American South as it is increasingly absorbed into the national psyche, as a murder mystery in which the facts are never clearly explained, or as a psychological depiction of insanity in the heroine.
Still, in some of Faulkner’s work it’s clear that he is influenced by the southern gothic genre (Blotner 89). Perhaps this is most prominently witnessed in his short story ‘A Rose for Emily’. This story explores the macabre and desolate life of a woman named Emily as she experiences a number of life setbacks before finally settling into a reclusive existence.
Through Emily, the author is attempting to convey his personal feeling, emotions and experience. The short story “A rose for Emily” starts with the funeral of Emily and then gets backwards to her life history. Before the death of Emily, none had entered the house for 10 years.
The plot of the story is hackneyed and at the same time it is very innovative. The author applies different literary devices to make readers puzzled and thrilled. There are a great amount of interpretations, and for readers they still remain discrepant. The character of the story Homer Barron was murdered by the main heroine Emily Grierson.
The third section is about a long illness Emily is caught in after her father’s death, and her growing relationship with Homer, a man far below her status. The fourth section discusses the town’s speculation that the poison Emily will commit suicide with the poison she has bought, the growing suspicion about her marriage to Homer, and Emily and Homer’s disappearance into her home for a long time.
The story, with the support of only few characters, throws light on the uncertainty of life, and all the activities related to it. The author appears to be communicating the bitter truth that all objects and articles,