A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

1577 Words Feb 11th, 2015 7 Pages
“A Sarah Markins
Dr. Bibby
ENG 107
February 11, 2015
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
“A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner in 1931, follows a series of peculiar events in Miss Emily Griersons life. Written in third person limited, Faulkner utilizes flashbacks to tell of the period between the death of Emily’s father and her own passing. Split into five short sections, the story starts out with the townspeople of Jefferson remembering Emily’s legacy and how each new generation of government officials dealt with the issue of her taxes. Moving on, the narrator describes the gradual downfall of Emily Grierson, due to complaints that begin to arise of a bad odor around her house. In the third section of this short story, the people of Jefferson begin to pity Emily for her involvement with a man beneath her social status, Homer Barron. Towards the end of this section, the community is convinced that she has gone crazy, following her purchase of arsenic from a pharmacist. At this point, there has been speculation that Emily would marry Homer, but he eventually disappears. The story closes with not only Emily’s aged body being found in her house, but the corpse of Homer being discovered in one of her upstairs rooms. Throughout this whole narrative, the name of the author is never revealed, but Faulkner leaves clues for the reader to make assumptions on who this person is that knows Emily Griersons story so well. In “A Rose for Emily,” although it is never directly…
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