The Voice of Faulkner in A Rose for Emily

858 WordsFeb 17, 20183 Pages
The purpose of this essay is to describe and reflect on the vast array of emotions revealed by the tone in the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner. The obvious tones used in “A Rose for Emily” is a sense of fear, curiosity, gloom and terror along with the more subtle irony, guilt, and complicity and resistance to change. Faulkner’s layout for this story was genius he left elusive clues for the reader with the use of foreshadowing and flashbacks yet the complex chronology added to the mystery and for some added confusion. Falkner manipulates time and stretches the story over several decades in the southern town of Jefferson after the Civil War. The distinctive narrative point of view draws the reader in. The only information divulged about the narrator is that they are a speaker for the town and pass judgment both for and against Emily Grierson. Towards the beginning the narrator is annoyed and influenced by the arrogant and aristocratic lifestyle Emily lives; the narrator declares” at last they could pity Miss Emily being left alone and a pauper. She had become humanized. Now she too would know the old thrill of the old despair of a penny more or less” (Albcarian et al, 2002, p.652). In the end of the story, the narrator is symbolically giving her a “rose” by telling her bizarre story with remorse and compassion. The symbolic rose is what makes this story ironic Emily’s life was actually full of thorns. No man tried to court Emily they were never good
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