Theme Of Foreshadowing In A Rose For Emily

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A “Rose for Emily” is a story written by William faulkner which depicts the life of a rather odd woman. At the beginning of the story, the reader learns that Miss. Emily is dead, but is unaware of the dark side of her life. The author portrays events in Miss. Emily’s life which lead up to the discovery of her personal life. These events were manipulated over time in order to build suspense within the reader. Throughout the passage, Falkner manipulates time in order to create tension and suspense. In “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner uses foreshadowing in order to create tension and suspense throughout the story. Faulkner immediately hints at what will happen to Homer Barron when he tells the reader that he never comes back out of the house. For example, Faulkner states,” And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron. And of Miss Emily for some time. The Negro man went in and out with the market basket, but the front door remained closed.”(Faulkner 7).The author foreshadows that something bad will be revealed to the reader. The reader is tense because they do not know what happened to Homer. Miss Emily never opening the door leaves the reader with a suspenseful feeling that cannot be resolved until the story's conclusion. Later in the story, Faulkner removes the reader’s perplexity when he reveals the reason Homer Barron went missing. The people searched the sealed up room and find that “the man himself lay in the bed” (Faulkner 9.) Faulkner reveals the mystery behind the

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