A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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Thoughts of Emily Readers can often times find that fiction starts prosaically, but ends unpredictably as shown in the short story “A Rose for Emily,” written by William Faulkner. This fictional story is an example of Gothic literature about the Antebellum South. It is narrated by an unreliable male character who represents the townspeople. It might seem like Miss Emily is the protagonist, however, the narrator and the townspeople are really the protagonists who stand for the force of the community. The narrator and the townspeople act on Miss Emily and her desire by denying her desire for love. In the portrayal of the Miss Emily’s role, the reader can see the conflict between her fantasy on love and the town’s fantasy on her. Miss Emily’s pursuit of her dreams, illusion, and community’s dysfunctional values lead to her destruction. Faulkner uses imagery to reveal Emily’s aristocratic family background, which is a heavy burden for her. Miss Emily Grierson’s family was once rich before the Civil War. Miss Emily carries her head high enough so that she does not lose the recognition of her dignity as the last Grierson. No matter what happens to her, she holds on to her nobility to protect her identity. The story begins with Miss Emily’s funeral located at her house, which has remained closed for decades. Emily has been not hospitable as well as isolated to the town. The “big, squarish frame house decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies,” is located in the most

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