A Rose For Emily And A Good Man Is Hard

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Lucas Gray
English Literature
Daniel Hitt

Analysis Paper 1
“A Rose for Emily” and “A Good Man is Hard to Find”

The writing style of southern gothic uses many different techniques such as macabre, ironic events that look at the values of the south. Two writers that are famous for the southern gothic style are William Faulkner and Flannery O’ Conner. Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” depicts a well-rounded woman who is discovered to have a rotting corpse of her husband in her bedroom, and O’Conner’s short story “A Good Man is Hard to Find”, that shows a southern family’s death at the hand of a ruthless murderer are both extremely good examples of southern gothic story. While both of these great writers use southern gothic style they both still use it to demonstrate very different aspects of southern culture. By comparing and contrasting these two great southern gothic style writers you will be able to see just how different an author can write a story that still have the same style of writing just by using a few different techniques. I will focus more on the how the works achieve their effect, their insight into a human problem, their presentation of emotion and consciousness, and their giving the reader pleasure.
The single most important aspect that defines southern gothic writing is the use of macabre, or malformed, events. These distinguished events are easy identified in both of these short stories. Faulkner’s story, “A Rose for Emily,” was told

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