A Rose For Emily
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A Rose for Emily:
An analysis of “A Rose for Emily”
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 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. The narrator used a distinctive manner of telling the story, which I will explain in more detail. One of Faulkner’s unique writing talents is his ability to use detailed and creative description. The use of description shaped my views on the characters, Miss Emily’s house as well as the whole town.
When writing A rose For Emily, Faulkner used a first person minor point of view. Emily’s story is told after her death; therefore, an outside perspective was necessary. Another reason William Faulkner chose this point of view is that it is a limited point of view. The result is that readers cannot truly understand what the characters are truly thinking and feeling. The “true story” is not known until the townspeople enter the bedroom where Homer’s corpse is. The point of view keeps readers in a questionable matter of suspense. As of who the narrator is, is never disclosed at all to the readers. The dialogue indicates a town’s person is most likely the narrator. This works for the overall effect because everything comes together at the end of the story. The narrator in this story seemed to have a distinctive manner in telling the story. The sequences of 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. Then the narrator starts into th...
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