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A Rose for Emily: Setting & Analysis


The setting is described as “a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies” (Faulkner). This means that this house has once been grand, but now it has turned into “an eyesore among eyesores” and that it “smelled of dust and disuse” (Faulkner). The house is also cracked and that it reeks of a putrid smell like that of decaying flesh. The setting is important because it depicts the decay that Emily’s family and Emily herself has experienced through the years.

The major characters include Emily and Homer Barron. Emily’s social reputation is described as unsavory among the people because the omniscient narrator admits that they even just attended her funeral “mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house” (Faulkner). This means that they did not like Emily at all. However, Emily is known as a rich woman of her day. Homer Barron is more of a penniless man with a reputation for linking men and drinking men, which means that he does not like Emily but is willing to hide this from her.

The reports and rumors from people created the narrative of the protagonist Emily’s life by forcing her to shut her up inside the house for good, while she only depended on the Negro servant who grew “greyer and more stooped” as days, months and years went by (Faulkner). However, the ending of the story comes as a surprise when they find Homer Barron’s corpse in one of the rooms in Emily’s house. It turns out that she has poisoned and murdered him.

Works Cited
Faulkner, William. “A Rose for Emily.”  Melbourne High School, 2014. Web. 20 May 2014.

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