Character Identification: “a Rose for Emily”

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Character Identification: “A Rose for Emily”

1. Emily Grierson: Generally referred to as Miss Emily, she’s described as “a small, fat woman” who, before dying lived in a modern town full of people who viewed her as a distant woman who lived in her past. She is portrayed as a very mean, stubborn old woman, however as the story unfolds, she is viewed more as a kind character whose story could not be fully understood.

2. Colonel Sartoris: A former mayor of Jefferson. He nullifies Emily of any tax burden after the death of her father. H is elaborate and kind gesture is not heeded by the generation of town leaders before him.

3. Tob: Emily’s servant. His voice is supposedly rusty from the lack of use. Tob, is the only lifeline Emily has to the outside world. For years, he consistently cares for her and tends to her needs. After Emily’s death, he walks out the back door and never returns.

4. Judge Stevens: A mayor of Jefferson. He eighty years old, and attempts to handle the complaints about the smell of the Grierson property. To be respectful of Emily’s pride, he decides to sprinkle lime on the property in the middle of the night.

5. Homer Barron: A large man with a dark complexion, a deep loud voice and light colored eyes. He is a demanding boss. He also has a good sense of humor. He develops an interest for Emily and takes her out for a Sunday drive in a yellow wheeled buggy. The townspeople views him as a poor choice for a mate. He disappears in Emily’s house and decomposes in a attic bedroom after she kills him.

Analyze and Discussion “A Rose for Emily”

1. What metaphor is used to describe Miss Emily in the first paragraph? The metaphor used to describe Miss Emily in the first paragraph is “a fallen monument”.

2. How is the house personified in the second paragraph of this story? The house is personified in the second paragraph of this story by giving it life like features for example, a big frame and being label an “eyesore among...
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