A Rose For Emily Essay

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In “A Rose for Emily,” Faulkner uses time to enhance the story. Instead of expressing the story in chronological order, Faulkner tells the story in a series of flashbacks framed by the present. This sense of jumbled time adds suspense and mystery to the story. This style allows Faulkner to enhance the details of the story and demonstrate the influence on time. This style allows Faulkner to depict two periods of time represented by two generations. By telling the story in a non-linear format, Faulkner demonstrates the idea that the past and present are intertwined and play a large role in influencing one another. Time is very prevalent in “A Rose for Emily”. Faulkner demonstrates this emphasis on time from the beginning when he describes Miss Emily’s house. He first describes it as a grand house “set on what had once been our most select street” but as time progresses the house becomes “an eyesore among eyesores” (211). Faulkner uses description of the house to mutually characterize both the house and Emily. According to Harris, “The metamorphic relation between Emily and the house is, like the way in which Emily persists between life and death, another image of how the line between animate and inanimate becomes effaced in the story” (175). Throughout the story Faulkner provides evidence to the frequent shifts in time periods throughout the story. He indicates this to us by using phrases like “When the next generation, with its more modem ideas…” (211) There are two periods of time being depicted by two generations in “A Rose for Emily” and throughout the story Faulkner weaves these two generations together. The first time period is the present or newer generation that is depicted by the narrators (the town) and Homer. This time period views time as living in the present and denying the past. They see time as a “mathematical progression “. This is

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