A Rose for Emily is a short story written by William Faulkner and it was published in the year 1930. The story is divided into five parts and it opens with a very arresting event, Emily’s funeral. Emily is the main character in the story and the story is all about her life and how she lived in isolation for a major part of her life. The theme of death has been presented in this short story, how Emily becomes completely isolated has been shown in this short story. It is a sequence of events that make her weak and helpless. The main theme in this story is the theme of death and absolute helplessness. The theme of death is of prime importance and it will be thrown light upon in this paper.
“Faulkner’s most famous, most popular, and most anthologized short story, “A Rose for Emily” evokes the terms Southern gothic and grotesque, two types of literature in which the general tone is one of gloom, terror, and understated violence.” (A Rose for Emily)
“When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to the funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old manservant–a combined gardener and cook–had seen in at least ten years.” (A Rose for Emily). The worth of a person is realized only by the number of people who attend the funeral of that person and Emily certainly was very lucky to have so many people attending her funeral, she was misunderstood by the people of her locality and considered insane by the majority of people in her locality. Emily suffered a lot in her life and in she hardly speaks in the story, this goes to show that she was in a shock because the person who she loved deserted her. No one came to her house for ten years; she had no social life and never spoke to anyone. She only had her Negro servant at her house to speak to except him she never spoke to anyone in her locality.
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