A Rose for Emily Essay

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A Tribute to Unstoppable Time in A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner Faulkner’s story, A Rose for Emily, is a tribute to unstoppable time, marching on inevitably and inescapably, towards death. By unfolding the tale out of chronological order, presenting us first with Emily’s death, the narrator informs us of the inescapability of this conclusion. Thereafter it does not matter how much Emily tries to stop it, the passage of time is inescapable. The telling of the story nears its end with the now expected death of Emily, bringing us full circle through unstoppable time to that inevitable end. Emily first tries to stop time and fight against the inevitable when her father passes away and she refuses to acknowledge it. Yet this tale holds more for us. In the midst of the story, death was inescapable for her supposed husband Homer as well. Although Emily caused his death in an effort to stop time and prevent the changes that come with it, she also chose to ignore his death, living on for many years thereafter as if he was still there, loving her (Sparknotes.com). The traditions of the Old South and its timeless elegance are dying, replaced by new modern ideas. Even the description of Emily’s house denotes the passage of time. As the narrator takes us through the neighborhood, “… only Miss Emily’s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps – an eyesore among eyesores” (Sec I Par 2). Both the house and the surrounding neighborhood are experiencing the inevitable death and decay (123helpme.com). There are many layers of dust throughout Emily’s home, noted by the narrator’s descriptions, “it smelled of dust and disuse…,” and “a faint dust rose sluggishly about their thighs…” (Sec I Par 5). The heaviness of the dust as it is smelt and seen in the air through the one ray of light give it substance,

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