A Rose For Emily And The Tell Tale Heart By Edgar Allan Poe

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“If a story is in you, it has to come out” (Faulkner). This is a statement made by William Faulkner, the author of “A Rose for Emily”, and it represents the purpose of writing “A Rose for Emily”. His story, “A Rose for Emily” and “The Tell-Tale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe both tell stories of murders, either about the murderer, or from the murderer’s point of view. “A Rose for Emily” tells the story of Miss Emily Grierson, an elderly woman that has recently passed away. She was rarely seen, but was with a man named Homer Barron a few years before her death. The town assumed Homer would marry Emily, but he suddenly disappears soon after being seen with her. After Emily’s death, the town searches her house and finds Homer dead in a locked…show more content…
This sound causes the narrator to go insane, but no one else can hear the sound. The beating represents the narrator’s conscience and guilt. The narrator feels very guilty for killing the old man, mainly because the old man never hurts him in any way. The beating represents that the narrator knows that he should not have killed the old man because of his eye, and his conscience is telling him to confess the crime he has committed. This happens at the end of the story when the narrator says, “‘Villains!’I shrieked, ‘dissemble no more! I admit the deed! --tear up the planks! here, here! --It is the beating of his hideous heart!’ ” (Poe 4). Although the officers cannot hear the sound of the heart because it is a figure of the narrator’s imagination, the narrator assumes they can, and therefore must know (according to the narrator) that the narrator has committed a crime. In “A Rose for Emily”, symbolism is seen throughout the story, specifically, the corpse of Homer Barron. At the end of the story, the text says, “He had… a profound and fleshless grin… the body had apparently once lain in the attitude of an embrace, but now the long sleep that outlasts love, that conquers even the grimace of love, had cuckolded him… what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the patient and biding dust” (Faulkner 5). Homer Barron’s corpse symbolizes Emily’s refusal to give up

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