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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner


Lecturer: Topic: A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Many of the discussions in the short story are centred on Miss Grierson, an aristocratic woman, who has won great admiration from a community that has placed her on a pedestal and consider her as “a tradition and a duty” (Faulkner and Polk 73). A character that is not named considers Miss Grierson to be a fallen monument. Contrary to the view of the community, the reader will eventually realize that Miss Emily is a woman who poisons and ultimately Homer Barron, her lover and keeps his corpse that is rotting in her bedroom, sleeping with it for many years. At the end of the story, the amount of time Miss Emily could have laid beside spouse who was dead, is emphasized. It was so extensive that the town people found “a long strand of iron-gray hair” on the throw cushion next to his remains that had rotten beneath what was left of the nightshirt (Faulkner and Polk 119).
The dissimilarity, which can be realized between the noble woman and the unspeakable secrets associated with her, forms the foundation of this story. Since the Griersons “held themselves a little too high for what they really were,” Miss Emily is forbidden by her father to date socially (Faulkner and Polk 73). The community interprets this to mean that none of the young men is good enough for her and thus she develops a desperation for human love that leads her to murder Homer and cling to his body. She takes advantage of her aristocratic position to hide the crime, as well as the necrophilia, while in an ironic twist, sentencing herself to complete isolation from the community through embracing the dead for comfort.
Even though the initial response to the tale may well be one of disgust and revulsion, the author uses literary skills to develop a continuous story that makes the story very fascinating. The tale is filled with suspense, a jumbled chronology of events as well as shifting points of view from the narrator that puts emphasis on Miss Emily’s strength of purpose, her coldness and pride while lessening the horror and repugnance of her actions.
Work cited
Faulkner, William, and Noel Polk. A Rose For Emily. 1st ed. Fort Worth: Harcourt College
Publishers, 2000. Print.

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