Literary Analysis “A Rose for Emily”
William Faulkner, in his short story “A Rose for Emily”, paints the portraits of a tragic woman named Emily. Throughout this story, the writer creates numerous figurative portraits of Emily, and makes the changing of her physical appearances a tool to learn more about her personal life. The transformation from a slender rich young woman to an old fat poor woman was a devastating for a high social class in a country with a major economy crisis and a huge transformation as well. While Emily was facing many obstacles through her life socially, financially and historically, the Great Depression had devastating effects the country economically, rich and poor.
Emily was cared by her dominant patriarch father for her entire life, and she was used to her noble social life, furthermore greatly dependent on her father, but when her father passed away, she was unable to survive civilly and socially on her own, she couldn’t dress and live to display her social class anymore. As a result she kept herself in seclusion refusing to adapt to the changing environment that surrounded her. According to Faulkner, “from the time on her front door remained closed, save for a period of six or seven years,” while Emily was burying her father, the country started to fall, and the golden age began to vanish. What was once the land of opportunity was now the land of desperation and isolation. Faulkner stated, “‘A Rose for Emily’, follows the life of lonely spinster Emily Grieson, who was isolated from her community.” Isolation and retreating from social activities occurred with Emily after her father’s death associated with the Great Depression.
Anther chain between great depression and Emily, In 1930, the country was going through a financial crisis; high poverty, unemployment, and Wall Street crash of October 1929, same with Emily who lost her father‘s support and struggled financially, Faulkner declared Emily situation regarding her unpaid taxes to...