A Tale of Terror

1087 Words Feb 19th, 2018 4 Pages
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” a short story about the odd Emily Grierson, a once well-respected woman in a small southern town, takes readers into a whirlwind of a story leading up to a horrifying discovery about Miss Emily’s secretive demeanor. Through his characterization of Miss Emily, his descriptions of the setting, and his use of foreshadowing, Faulkner effectively develops “A Rose for Emily” into a horrific tale. The first way that Faulkner organizes “A Rose for Emily” is in his characterization of Miss Emily, which sets the scene for a terrifying story. Most commonly found in horror stories are characters that behave in odd fashion, leaving readers to become suspicious. In much the same way, Miss Emily often has these tendencies. For example, after the townspeople agree to sprinkle lime across Miss Emily’s backyard when a repulsive, mysterious smell arises around her home, Miss Emily appears suddenly as the men are spreading the lime. “A window that had been dark was lighted and Miss Emily sat in it, the light behind her, and her upright torso motionless as that of an idol” (Faulkner, 222). Faulkner’s description of Miss Emily’s unexpected and eerie presence accurately depicts her character as bizarre and chilling, leaving readers to believe Miss Emily somehow knows she…

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