A Rose for Emily, by William Faulkner

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In the short story, “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, the reader recognizes the harsh reality of a woman’s inability to open up to a new and ever changing world. Emily Grierson is a lonely, mysterious woman, who lives with her father in a large, post civil war era home. Emily’s father was a controlling man and sent away each man that tried to court Emily. All Emily inherited after her father’s death was the house. However the town thought she had the right to “cling to that which had robbed her.”(Faulkner 311) Things started to look better for Emily when she met a handsome northerner. Homer Barron was the head of a work crew from the North. The crew was hired to pave the sidewalks in Jefferson. Homer and Emily begin to see each…show more content…
The town quickly intervened and removed the body. However reclusive Miss. Emily seemed, not realizing the full reality of death presented greater problems with her instability, especially since it ran in her family. . Miss. Emily has a history of instability in her family “old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last, believed that the Griersons held themselves a little too high for what they really were.”(Faulkner 311) A delegation is sent to Miss. Emily’s house to tell her that she has to pay taxes now, regardless of what Colonel Sartoris said. Emily simply tells them, “See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson.”(Faulkner 309) Miss. Emily, unfortunately, begins to exhibit signs of crazy. She does not seem to comprehend death or the past because later we find that, “”See Colonel Sartoris.” (Colonel Sartoris had been dead almost ten years).”(Faulkner 310) Colonel Sartoris is no longer alive. Miss. Emily does not know this information. The reader may perceive Miss. Emily to not know about the death of Colonel Sartoris as a result of her reclusive behavior and lack of communication with the town and people. However, when the reader continues the story, he or she finds that Emily has been keeping her dead

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