5.03 Regionalism: Faulkner 
"A Rose for Emily"

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5.03 Regionalism: Faulkner 
"A Rose for Emily"

1. Emily Grierson - 
Emily at first was a young, happy, filled with life kind of gal. Though presented with many suitors, her father rejects them all. Once her father dies and still no husband by her thirties, everyone in the town starts to pity her. She meets a new fella but he fails to pop the question of marriage. So she ends up poisoning him and keeping his body locked away in her room. As time goes by she becomes a mysterious, secretive, and eccentric woman. When her old days reach her, she has become bloated and colorless and her hair turns gray. Far from the fresh, brown-haired, young girl she used to be. 2. Colonel Sartoris
- Sartoris was the previous mayor of Emily’s time. He allows that Emily doesn’t have to pay taxes after her dad dies and now that she has been left alone. 3. Tobe
- Tobe is Emily’s servant and for years takes care of her and her needs. He is the one that goes outside in her place. He seems emotionless almost and his voice is rusty from the lack of use says so by the townspeople. After her death, he just leaves and never is seen again. 4. Judge Stevens
- The present mayor of the town, who is 80 years old. He tries to help ease the complaints of the smell coming from Emily’s house. So he politely tries to talk to her but is shut out and ignored. Since he wants to really intrude on Emily, he gets some guys to sprinkle lime around her house inconspicuously. 5. Homer Barron - Homer comes from the North and appears working in front of Emily’s house. He is a big muscular brute with a loud voice, light eyes, and a nice tan. They take an interest in each other and he takes her out a few times. People have rumors that he’ll ask for her hand. He never pops the question and Emily ends up killing him. As time goes by, he slowly decomposes on her bed.

"A Rose for Emily" Questions

1. One example of local color in this story is the fact that everyone in the town seems to...
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