A ROSE FOR EMILY
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My botty best at summarizing from Wikipedia: “A Rose for Emily” is a short story by american author William Faulkner . the story takes place in his fictional city Jefferson, Mississippi, in the southern county of Yoknapatawpha . it the rose may be seen as Homer, when interpreting the rose as a dried rose . the rose also represents secrecy . roses have been portrayed in Greek legends as gifts . Emily is a member of a family of the antebellum Southern aristocracy . after the civil war, the family falls into hard times . her father dies when she is about 30 . townspeople pity Emily after her father’s death and during his life when he wouldn’t let Emily marry . tobe, a black man serving as Emily’s butler, is frequently seen entering and exiting the townspeople make cruel comments and nasty looks behind Miss Emily’s back . Emily somewhat revives, even changing the style of her hair, and becomes friendly with Homer Barron . “Homer likes men and claims that homer’s questionable sexuality draws attention to the story of homer . homer leaves town for some time, reputedly to give Emily a chance to get rid of her cousins . Homer returns three despite turnabouts in her social status, Emily continues to behave mysteriously . city council unable to confront her about smell emanating from her house . mayor makes gentleman’s agreement to overlook her taxes as act of charity years later, the council declines to press the issue due to her stubbornness . she has become a recluse: she is never seen outside of the house, and only rarely accepts people into it . the funeral is tobe walked out of the house and was never seen again, giving the townspeople access to miss Emily’s house . inside, among the possessions that Emily had bought for Homer, lies the decomposed corpse of Emily’s father kept her from seeing suitors and controlled her social life . her struggle with loss and attachment is the impetus for the plot . Emily presumably poisons and kills Homer Barron, the man Emily’s murderous act also displays her obstinate nature . this is evident in her refusal to pay her taxes and her denial of her father’s death . she kills Homer to ensure that he will never the story takes place in the south shortly after the civil war . homer is not necessarily unwelcome to the town, but he does stand out . it is because he is an outlier that Emily becomes attracted the story is presented to the reader in a non-chronological order; this suggests that the story may have been patched together by multiple tellers . some parts of the story are repeated, such as Homer’s former mayor remits her taxes because her father loaned the money to the town . she refuses to pay her taxes ever again, contributing to her stubborn personality . Grierson’s control over Emily’s personal life prohibited her from romantic involvement . his decision to ban all men from her life drives her to kill the first man she is attracted to and can be with, Homer Barron they come to town during Emily’s courting of Homer Barron . they are called in to prevent Emily and Homer from marrying . however, they are later sent back home so that the two can be wed tobe is a loyal individual to Emily and does not mourn her or stay for her funeral . he became old and stooped from all of his work while Emily grew large and immobile . this could suggest the town was not dreading Emily’s death, on the other hand, it was welcomed . based on the townspeople’s thoughts of Emily displayed in this section, the reader discovers that the town wasn’t Emily stuck out from the rest of the town as a figure stuck in the past . with her passing on, the town can finally be free of this remnant, being wholly set in the present . had the story been told in if Faulkner presented the story in a linear fashion, the chances of the reader sympathizing with Emily would be far less . by telling the story out of order, the reader sees Emily as a tragic product the story explores themes of death and resistance to change . it reflects the decaying of the societal tenets of the south in the 1930s . after her father had passed, Emily refused to give his corps miss Emily’s stubborn insistence that she “pays no taxes in Jefferson” brings into question whether her acts of resistance are a conscious act of defiance . the death of Homer, if interpreted as having been control and its repercussions is a persistent theme throughout the story . Emily continued to sleep next to Homer’s body can be seen as the south holding on to an ideal . emily’s father died after a long battle with cancer . his presence and impact on his daughter were still apparent . she was portrayed as small and powerless, placed behind the overbearing frame of her her father’s influence leads to Emily’s isolation, both externally and internally imposed . her position prevents her from ever finding happiness . the power of death is a consistent theme throughout the story . Emily herself is portrayed as a “skeleton” that is both “small and spare” this is representative of the fact that she emanates death . the power of death triumphs over everything, including “poor Emily”, herself . a rose for Emily is seen as a tale based on determinism, making it part of naturalism literary movement . watkins claims that this is Faulkner’s best story and that he is among the best American writers of this time period . he says this is one of the best stories of the time period written by a this critical response explores the interpretations of Faulkner’s short story in detail . more than 40 years have passed and people are still ignoring his claim . the characters and theme of this tale have been scrutinized by narrator gives approximately “round figures” for the important events of the accounts . skinner gives examples of scholars including S.W. M. Johnson . he says the point of view according to Skinner is of the chronology is of little relevance to the overall importance of the story itself . alice petry focuses on the complex and provocative language . “the story is still being closely analyzed decades after it was written,” says elizabeth taylor . sheri matthews: if Emily had killed Homer out of affection, she the psychology of Emily Grierson has been analyzed countless times . many people reach the conclusion that she was mentally ill, and from that point, the reasons why . the story is an allegory for the change that there has been much discussion over the title of the story . the town does nothing to stop these events, merely entertain the idea . “they are different in that they have different ideas of her and, therefore, approach her… differently” “‘A Rose for Emily’: Oral Plot, Typographic Story”, Storytelling: a critical journal of popular narrative