A Rose For Emily Literary Analysis

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In the short story, “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner uses a modernistic style of writing combined with Southern Gothic themes to show how strange or “perverse” of a character Emily Grierson is. The story is split into five parts which all take place throughout Emily’s life. These five parts are not in chronological order. Not until the story is looked at in chronological order will the reader understand the full personality and life of Emily Grierson. The first and last thing the reader sees is “When Miss Emily Grierson died.” (Line 1) By giving an image of death in the first line of the story William Faulkner was able to set the tone of the horrifying story early on, and this horrifying Southern Gothic tone is present throughout the…show more content…
Part three begins with the line “She was sick for a long time.” This sickness represents all the years that her father had blocked men from coming into Emily’s life. Now that the sickness has passed, Emily was preparing for the sweetheart we saw in part two. This sweetheart ends up being Homer Barron. When Homer is brought into Miss Emily’s life the town finally sees her as a lady. Later in part three, between lines 200 and 210, the people of the town mention how poor Emily is saying, “Do you suppose it is really so?” By leaving the readers in the dark, William Faulkner is foreshadowing the murder of Homer Barron. In part four everyone thinks that “She will kill herself.” (Lines 241-242) This is because of her actions in part three when she bought rat poison without a good reason for why she was buying it. We’re then told that she had he “head held high.” This line goes back to Mr. Grierson and how the Griersons are too good for the average person. Emily didn’t like that fact that Homer left her because he was into men, the egotistical personality which she got from her father is what led her to her actions in part five. The readers were misled by lines 263-264 when the townspeople assume “that they were to be married.” This along with the assumption that Emily would kill herself gives the reader a false lead on what's to come in part five. At the beginning of part
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