Commentary on a Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

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Take-home activity Does the narrative discontinuity in "Rose for Emily" work in favor of the story?Substantiate your answer by the use of examples from the story. According to William's Faulkner story,named a "Rose for Emily",the author follows a narrative discontinuity.The question is whether this retrospective narration works in favor of the story.As far as I am concerned the narrative discontinuity in "A Rose for Emily" certainly benefits the story. To begin with,the retrospective narration gives the writter the opportunity not only to describe the death of Emily, but also to unfold the complex personality and unusual life of Emily.The author ,by giving Emily's death first has the chance to go from the end backwards and feels the need to provide us with more information about her.Her description includes every single detail about her,beginning with the house that Emily used to live.After that,the author tries to describe Emily’s personality and that makes us realize that Emily was not a simple character but a complex one who thought she lived in a different,old period of time.In addition to that, in the narration the citizens’ opinion is also crucial to complete the description of Emily. Further to this,a closer look at “A Rose for Emily” would help us understand that the whole story and the plot is actually based on the kind of narration that the writer uses.To be more specific, the death of a person is a fact as it is known that all people die.But what is really interesting about the story of Emily is that her death hides a whole mystery beside it.The life of Emily and also her personality is so complicated that a mystery is being unfolding while reading the story.Emily was a person living in her period,having so much love to give to her father and she didn’t care about what other people think of her. Apart from the retrospective narration being really
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