William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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In “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner presents very disturbing instances and events that lead up to a shocking ending. Throughout the story, the narrator gives just enough information about Miss Emily’s past and present that leaves suspense until the very end. Miss Emily’s hardships throughout her life lead up to a mental breakdown. The author combines various literary elements to produce a brilliant and compelling short story. In his short story, “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner makes good use of foreshadowing, character traits, point of view, and setting to illustrate the toll grief can take on one’s mental health.
Faulkner uses foreshadowing throughout the story to suggest a major theme, character traits, and Homer’s fate. The theme of death is revealed in the very first paragraph of the story when the town is gathered for Miss Emily Grierson’s funeral. After dating and hearing rumors about Homer Barron, Miss Emily buys rat poison and refuses to tell the salesperson her intentions with the arsenic. On one of the days following her purchase, Homer is seen entering Miss Emily’s home and is never seen alive by the town again. Miss Emily was also seen buying a toilet set with Homer Barron’s initials engraved in it and a man’s suit. Equally important, the narrator reveals that Miss Emily has mental illness in her family history. Miss Emily refused to recognize the reality and finality of death and this is exposed after her father’s death. She refused to give up her…
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