A Rose For Emily By William Shakespeare

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From the title, “A Rose for Emily,” the reader will most likely go into this short story thinking that Emily Grierson is the main character (protagonist). The problem with this thought is a protagonist is the leading character or one of the major characters in a drama, movie, novel, or other fictional text. The protagonist also tends to be round character who we probably have some understanding of their thoughts, feelings, and motivations, and they may also change over the course of the story. Emily’s thoughts and feeling on matters of her life are never expressed throughout the story. She only speaks three times and in each of these moments, Emily is never expressing any of her feelings. This leads the reader to believe that Emily is most likely a flat character, characters who are one-dimensional, who lack emotional depth, and who don 't change much over the course of the story. The narration of this story is not from Emily’s point of view, it is from an anonymous person in the town. Emily is also not the protagonist of this story either.
“When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house…” (47). Even in death Emily could not escape the eyes, the scrutiny, of the town she lived in. The town in Faulkner’s story seems to always be, “talking.” One statement or another states, “our town” (49) or “we all” (51), in reference to
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