A Rose For Emily Literary Analysis

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“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a short story that involves a Southern woman in which is one of sadness, loneliness, and violence. This story by Faulkner is of dark unimaginable images in an old decaying mansion, a dead body, murder, a servant who disappears out the back door, and most of all a person who has an attraction (sexual) to dead bodies. William Faulkner uses “A Rose for Emily” to focus on an attempt by Emily Grierson which is a lonely single Southern woman, to attempt to stop time of the past and present by refusing to accept change. Miss Emily Grierson is a spinster living in the South who is living life as a sad, lonely woman left without a penny to her name after her father dies. He leaves her with a large decaying…show more content…
She refuses to let neighbors in when her father dies, and later openly consorts with a crude Yankee names Homer Barron. She buys arsenic and refuses to tell the druggist the purpose for which she is going to use the poison, because in this time you were required to let the druggist know what your purpose was for using this poison. Thereafter, when Homer apparently leaves her on the night before their wedding, a bad smell develops in the house, and the people starts to complain to the authority. But was interceded by the old major on Emily’s behalf, and the only action that was taken was in sprinkling lime around the house. Then thirty years later, when she continued to refuse to pay her taxes the major himself wrote a kind letter to her asking for payment, and the reply he got was “received in reply a note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in fading ink” refusing to pay. This caused the townspeople to call on her, in her foul smelling house. She refuses them audience, claiming immunity to taxes based on a lifelong agreement by a mayor long deceased. When the old woman dies, the ancient Negro servant admits the first visitor into the house, then “He walked right through the house and out the back”
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