To Kill for Love Essay

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Erika Fierst English 1302 Mrs. Bailey 2 December 2010 To Kill for Love Women in love are a dangerous weapon. Often times we hear of love gone bad, men dead, and guilty women. In A Rose for Emily, Faulkner explores the mind of Emily Grierson, a young woman in search for love. Throughout this tragic and grotesque short story, the protagonist’s character is shaped through Faulkner’s use of flashbacks, setting and symbolism. At first look, Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily seems confusing as it moves backward and forward in time. Like many of his writings, Faulkner’s chaotic style helps deepen characterization and keeps the story suspenseful. The chaotic plot Faulkner pieces together through his use of flashbacks reflects the chaos of Emily’s life, deepening her characterization. By using flashbacks to let the reader’s know of the many tradgedies Emily must face, “the chronology deliberately manipulates and delays the reader's final judgment of Emily Grierson by altering the evidence” (Laura 230). Although Emily is guilty of murder, the reader looks at her with pity and almost understands why she kills Homer. Even when Emily tries to keep her father’s corpse, the townspeople take up for her. They “believed that she had to do that…by having nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will” (Meyer 93). The structure of the plot keeps the reader’s interested as they try to piece the story together and examine each section. If Faulkner wrote the story based on a linear line, the characters would lose several key attributes and the readers would quickly lose interest. Another literary element Faulkner uses to enhance the characters is setting. Although it may seem unimportant in the beginning, Faulkner’s choice of a small town plays a huge role in how the characters interact. In small towns citizens usually know one

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