A Rose for Emily Analysis

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“A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, first came out in 1930. It was considered one of Faulkner's darkest stories he ever wrote as a writer. However, there is a theme to this story. Many ideas underlie this story and this piece should not be taken as a simple horror story. Through the plot and characterization, the reader feels an emotional impact when completing this story due to the realism and details given. Faulkner chose a point of view that contributes to the overall affect of the story. When writing “A Rose for Emily”, Faulkner used a first person point of view. Emily's story is told after her death and Faulkner’s use of an outside perspective was important for the story. Also, Faulkner chose this point of view because it is very limited and the readers cannot truly understand what is going on inside the character’s mind. The "true” story is not discovered until the end of the story and this point of view keeps the readers guessing the entire time and question everything they read. The narrator’s identity is never revealed so this also leaves the readers questioning. The story hints that a neighbor of Emily is most likely the narrator. The narrator tells the story in a certain way and the way he sequences the events were not told in chronological order, which at times became confusing. The narrator begins the story by telling us of Miss Emily's death and how everyone in the town attended her funeral. In “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner, Resistance to change is the underlying theme. You can see that Emily Grierson relates easily with the society that she is living in. Moreover, it is also a story about a woman who must live in the presence and shadow of her overbearing father. In the story she is the main character and this opening scene of the funeral shows how she is remembered. The story than moves to a different time before her funeral.

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