Elements of English Literature
In literature, authors find different ways of expressing themselves by the stories they write. It is the setting, the characters, and the conflicts that keep the reader’s interest. Many readers are only interested in certain types of literature or certain authors. This study is based on an analysis of one poem, and two short stories, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, “A Story of an Hour” by Kate Chopin, and “To My Dear and Loving Husband” by Anne Bradstreet. Both the short stories and poem show some similarities and differences in their settings, characters, and conflicts. I will examine how the authors have made an impression on me as a reader and how I feel they might impact others. I will explore how all three writers have delivered a message using their main characters in the importance of relationships in our society.
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, is a story about a family who hid from the truth and lived in isolation from the outside community. Miss Emily, the main character, was raised by her father who kept her away from reality and made her believe she was above others. After her father’s passing she removed herself from society and was rarely seen outside the house she inherited. Miss Emily had hard time forming intimate relationships with men because she was constantly reminded by her father that no man was good enough for her. Miss Emily was devoted to her father. Even after his passing she refused to say he was dead for days. She disconnected herself from the reality and believed he was still alive (Diyanni, 2007, p. 81). She did not want to face the truth. Her world had fallen apart and she did not want to face it alone.
Emily’s life didn’t change much after her father’s death. She continued to live in isolation the same way she lived when her father was alive. Her community had hoped that after her father passed maybe she would communicate with the outside world, but instead she refused to accept change and became more isolated. The author describes Miss Emily’s house as “a big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily light stone style”, (DiYanni, 2007, p. 79) which implies that before her father’s death the house was very nice and well kept. Emily now has let the house run down as the author explains that the house now had “garages and cotton gins encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily‘s house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay” (DiYanni, 2007, p.79). This only reiterates how Miss Emily has disconnected from herself and community.
The author starts the story in present time after Miss Emily, and her father have already died. Then the scene is changed to earlier events leading up to the present times so the reader can connect to the characters. It begins telling us about the strong curiosity the community has after Miss Emily’s passing. The author tells us about how Miss Emily’s problems begin to develop after her father’s passing and she thought she should not have to pay taxes and also let her property run down. This argument about the taxes caused a lot of dispute, and impatience with Miss Emily.
The story continues to show how Miss Emily once was a young lady of privilege. Her father had always taken good care of his Miss Emily, but he had also sheltered her from the outside world. Her father made her feel no man was good enough for her. After her father died she met a man that she saw similarities to her father, a big strong man. She finally fell in love and was going to get married. Her father was not there to tell her no. There was only one problem, he didn’t like women. When Miss. Emily found out, she snapped. Miss Emily bought rat poison at a local pharmacy. His body was not discovered until her death forty years later in a...
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