Theme Of Gothic Literature In A Rose For Emily

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“A Rose For Emily” is a perfect example of a typical Southern Gothic short story, consisting of the common elements of grotesque, unusual, and dark mentally unstable characters. “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner, represents the themes of death, murder and lost love. The hints of “Gothic Literature” can be found in Faulkner's description of Emily, her home, the poison she purchased, and the ending of the story. Emily’s father had passed away when she was very young, yet the city’s people still respect her even in her old age. William Faulkner describes her as lonely and q quite unusual human being, “She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue. Her eyes, lost in the fatty ridges of her face, looked like two small pieces of coal pressed into a lump of dough.” Emily is described almost “Zombie-like”, which creates a suspenseful atmosphere for the reader. When Emily’s father died, she refused to hand over the body, “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days… just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly.” This scene in the story creates a frightening description for the reader and this is a key element and important characteristic of Gothic literature. Gothic stories often include that theme of “mentally unstable characters”, Ms. Emily Grierson reflects this theme perfectly in Faulkner’s story. She lived in isolation for many years of her
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