A Stream of Consciousness in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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“A Rose for Emily” is a short story written by American author William Faulkner and centres around an old lady named Emily. The story is written in the classic Faulkner method of a streaming consciousness. By constructing the story through use of the stream of consciousness, Faulkner is able to manipulate the predetermined short story structure and create an outstanding, critically acclaimed story. In using the thematic concept of creating contrasts between two opposing entities, Faulkner is able to entice his audience. Through the use of the specific contrasts made between the past and present and the contrast between Homer and, Faulkner is able to pass to his readers the concept that man’s plight is tragic but that there is heroism in an attempt to rise above it. Ray B. West’s “Atmosphere and Theme in Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’” is a paper in which West does an excellent job of analysing and explaining the three stated contrasts present in Faulkner’s “A Rose to Emily.” West’s interpretation of the contrasts present in “A Rose for Emily,” further validate the point of view that the use of contrasts aid Faulkner in his plight to relay the underlying meaning concealed in the story. Contrast between Past Time and Present In the course of “A Rose for Emily,” there are many instances in which William Faulkner uses the contrast between past time and the present to illustrate how hard it is for the protagonist, Emily, to let go of the past. A key and integral example

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