As the story unfolds, the reader is taken through a grim sequence of events, some of which only make sense in retrospect upon reaching the end of the story. Watkins claims that this is Faulkner's best story and is among the best American writers of this time period. Emily would have been easily classified as an unreliable narrator, and therefore her retelling of events would not have been valid. Emily shortly begins to act strange and a strong bad smell starts to smell from her house and men are sent at night to sprinkle lime in order to remove the smell. . The narrator at this point begins to refer to Emily as ''poor Emily. Unlike Disney Stories, there is no prince charming to rescue fallen princess, and her assumed misery becomes the subject of everyone in the town of Jefferson, Mississippi.
While there is no specific moral to the story, a clear theme is theresistance to change. Her act of murdering Homer also displays her obstinate nature. The tragedies, the pain and sufferings and as a result of these, the writer salutes her by handing a rose to her as a sign of pity. In any case, the narrator hides behind the collective pronoun we. These are events in the plot which could not have been told by Emily due to her mental state. The narrator, or more properly, narrators are unnamed ordinary members of the community, people who are not on the governing body but are privy to their actions.
How does it affect her approach to raising her children? She kills Homer to ensure that he will never leave her. Grierson in the doorway, holding the whip; or the town gossip, spearheading the effort to break down the door at the end. Although the townspeople had always thought of Emily as crazy, this finally proved them right. Once she became interested in Barron, she was not going to let him leave again to a point of even killing Barron so that she keeps him close to her. As the story is told in the past tense we know that the narrator already knew that Homer Barron was dead.
It is generally unknown if Homer reciprocates the romantic feelings Emily has for him. The Narrator - An unnamed member s of the town who watched the events of Emily's life unfold in its entirety. Lesson Summary William Faulkner uses a collective narrator to reveal the events in Emily Grierson's life in ''A Rose for Emily''. Through this Faulkner could analyze the depth at which Miss Emily could change as a character. It is evident from the first line of the story that there is a connection between Miss Emily Grierson and the town she lived in. So it is very difficult to believe that the story has been told from generation to generation and we have the exact words said by Miss Emily or some of the inhabitants in Jefferson. The narrator is pretty hard on the first two generations, and it's easy to see how their treatment of Miss Emily may have led to her downfall.
The careful reader, however, soon understands several important factors affecting her. She was also said to be possesed by demons … and underwent several rituals of exorcism through the course of a year. The five descriptive words used in the sentence each correspond to one of the five parts in the order they are seen. This has a deep impact on her mental state, driving her to extreme acts such as murdering Homer and then sleeping with his corpse for years. How do the character and background of Emily Grierson differ from those of Homer Barron? How would you characterize the method employed-omniscient, or objective? Rose maybe referring to the character of Homer as a dried rose that normally is kept between the pages of a book as his dead body was kept in a good condition by Emily.
If Emily had been allowed to date and socialize with people her own age would she had turned out differently. See the Related Links below for more information. Literature An Introduction to Fiction, Poetry, Drama, and Writing. Find instances of this trait in the text. Emily's tragedy is her environment, changing quickly and with volatility, causing her to cling to the past in hopes of stopping the change from occurring. Also it makes us be on the one hand in favour of Miss Emily, but on the other hand, sometimes we are just as one more of the community trying to know more about what's happening and being curious about what's hidden behind that lonely figure.
In the short story not much is learnt about her later life as she spent most if not all of it inside her house and was only seen walking by a window at times. These events are the old fashioned and strange behaviors of Emily that increased time and time again. While he is in the story very little, his decision to remit Emily's taxes leads to her refusal to pay them ever again, contributing to her stubborn personality. A very good example is where they despise her because she feels sheis above them yet when she shows an interest in Homer Barron theyprotest because he is a simple day labourer from the north and notsomeone of high social ranking. The willingness of the town to now admit responsibility is a hopeful sign, and one that allows us to envision a better future for generations to come.
Women of the south were not supposed to work and that men were to take care of women. By using we, the narrator can attribute what might be his or her own thoughts and opinions to all of the townspeople, turning private ideas into commonly held beliefs. After thedeath of her father, which she did not deal with well, she becomesfriendly with a man named Homer who is wel … l below her socialstanding. It follows theincreasingly insane life of Emily Grierson, a spinster. By presenting the story in terms of present and past events, he could examine how they influence each other.