A Rose For Emily Essay

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A Rose for Emily Character Analysis Of Homer By Alisa Scott Garrison Introduction to Literature Independent Study William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” was originally published in the April 30th, 1930 issue of Forum, it was his first short story published in a major magazine. This story, told in five sections, opens with an unnamed narrator describing the funeral of Miss Emily Grierson. For each of the five sections into which the story is divided is a shift in time; and, it is these shifts of time with the narrator’s flashbacks that prevent readers from putting all the pieces together. In addition, these shifts in time help to create the Gothic horror of the discovery at the end. Divided into five sections, “A Rose for Emily” has the first and last dealing with the present, the now of the narrative, while the three middle sections detail the past. Thus, the story begins and ends with the death of Miss Emily Grierson; the three middle sections cover the time right after her father’s death and shortly after her “beau”, Homer Barron has deserted her to the time of her death. The story begins at the huge funeral for Miss Emily Grierson. Nobody has been to her house in ten years, except for her servant, Tobe. Her house is old, but was once the best house around. The narrator describes what once was a grand house “set on what had once been our most select street.” The town had a special relationship with Miss Emily ever since it decided to stop billing her for taxes in 1894. But, the “new generation” wasn’t happy with this arrangement, and so they paid a visit to Miss Emily and tried to get her to pay the debt. Sherefused to acknowledge that the old arrangement might not work any more, and flatly refused to pay. Thirty years before, the tax collecting townspeople had a strange encounter with Miss Emily about a

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