Literary Analysis of “a Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner

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Literary Analysis of “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner ”A Rose for Emily” depicts the life and death of Miss Emily Grierson. The story is set in a small community in the south and takes course over the span of Miss Emily’s life. The story utilizes a first-person narrative; however, William Faulkner, the author, never specifies who the narrator is. Readers are led to believe the narrator may be a member of Miss. Emily’s community; as she was the subject of much curiosity and gossip amongst the townspeople. In the narrative, Miss. Emily is appropriately described as a “fallen monument.” She had been born into a well-respected family. Her home as depicted as “a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street”. While once grand and respected, both the house and its owner had become antiquated and run down. The home itself was in a type of stasis, as Miss Emily had rejected modernization of her home and lifestyle. As expected, this eccentricity gave the community all the more reason to scrutinize her. Hence, she became even more reclusive to the degree that no one had seen the inside of her house for at least ten years. Miss Emily lived in the family home with only Tobe, her man-servant. Emily’s father, referred to solely as Mr. Grierson, had lived with them as well until his passing approximately thirty years earlier. Colonel Sartoris was the mayor during the time that Mr. Grierson was alive. He had, just after her father’s death, released Miss. Emily from the responsibility of paying taxes by inventing a story that her father had made a large contribution to the town. However, as Miss. Emily’s standing in the community fell, this next generation of townspeople did not acknowledge this fact

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