William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily: Response

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A Rose For Emily Response In order for the meaning of William Faulkner's story “A Rose For Emily” to be correctly understood by the reader, the plot develops out of sequence through five sections. Faulkner’s intentions are to allow the reader to understand his protagonist, Emily Grierson, but not judge her in a negative way. If he were to chronologically write Emily’s life, the reader’s eyes would block out the good and cover it up with the bad. In the first section of the story, the initial description Faulkner gives of Emily is that she is physically dead. He then proceeds to describe her at the end of her life as “dead” using phrases such as “a small, fat woman in black,” “her skeleton was small and spare,” and “long-body submerged in motionless water, and that of a pallid hue.” After her death is known, she is described as a “fallen monument,” and “a tradition, a duty, and a care,” and he notes that the whole town went to her funeral which means she had been idolized, specifically by the past generation. The new generation…show more content…
A construction crew paves new sidewalks, and this seems to infer Emily’s fresh start. The reader learns about a sweetheart she has, Homer Barron, and it appears Emily might have a chance to marry since her father took that from her. The town’s past generation began saying “poor Emily” because they knew what her father had done, and they knew more about Homer than Emily did. The Grierson craziness is emphasized once again, and the reader learns Emily is the last Grierson in the town. Emily is found buying arsenic, and gets it because she intimidates the druggist. She is seen as “thinner than usual, with cold, haughty black eyes.” The town’s empathy for Emily may rub off on the reader as they learn more about Emily, but the reader might also wonder why she is buying poison, and why her complexion took a drastic

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