A Rose for Emily Essay

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Name: Josh Weatherly Course / CRN: ENC-1102 CRN 25338 Instructor’s s Name: Shari Koopmann Assignment Number: Writing Assignment 1, DRAFT Date of Submission: February 12, 2012 Topic 1: Themes In A Rose for Emily “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner, one of the most famed writers of our times, explores in his writing the themes of alienation and isolation. He interweaves these themes with his female characters, creating different themes and weaving symbolism into his stories that cause the reader to ponder and contemplate the various pathways and meanings behind the conflicts and resolutions used by Faulkner to tell his story. In “A Rose for Emily”, William Faulkner uses a theme common to many of his works, such as the changing of values and attitudes in such a southern class. Miss Emily Grierson is a woman who is alienated and lives in isolation from the people in her town. The theme of isolation is the focal point of the story, since it is what drove her to her madness. She was born into a family, the Griersons, who were very established in the community. She was said to be “the last Grierson” in the community (Faulkner 391). The family was no longer wealthy, but continued to be held in high esteem after her father died. The only material thing her father left her was the family home. Miss Emily was left a pauper by her father’s death. However, the most important thing left her was the Grierson name and all that it represented in that town. The Grierson name conveyed such respect on Miss Emily that she was virtually untouchable by anything except her own personal tragic circumstances. Faulkner's theme of alienation comes up many times in his writing. In the book The Major Years, Melvin Backman states that Faulkner was reaching for a more decent life and more decent people in the midst of evil. He was reaching for love, innocence, simplicity, and

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