William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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“A Rose for Emily” In “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, set in Jackson Mississippi in the year of 1931, there are many occurrences of foreshadowing. Foreshadowing is defined as a warning or indication of a future event. Faulkner uses multiple foreshadowing events in this Nobel Prize Winning story to build up to the shocking last sentence. Some of these occurrences include Miss Emily’s smelly house, when she purchases arsenic from the druggist, the purchase of toiletries and clothing for her sweetheart, and her upstairs being locked for many years. This short story is meant to be a horror, although throughout the story most would not be able to tell. Faulkner uses these foreshadowing occurrences to push the reader towards the horrific ending. One of the first occurrences of foreshadowing is when the townspeople of Jackson start to smell something foul coming from Miss Emily’s house, “so they were not surprised when the smell developed.”Page 100) A neighbor, after smelling this foul smell, goes to the mayor and complains to him and asks him to do something about it. The mayor does not believe that this is the best of ideas, “Dammit, sir, Judge Stevens said, will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad? ”(Page 101) Since the Judge would not do anything about the smell the townspeople took it into their own hands, “So the next night, after midnight, four men crossed Miss Emily’s lawn and slunk about the house like burglars. . .They broke open the cellar door

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