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Reaction Paper
Samantha Flood
10/18/2012
ENG/125
Prof. Wright

The beginning of “A Rose for Emily” could completely throw a reader off or draw them closer into the reading. In this case was both can be considered, the reader was lost and confused until half way through the story, then after reading could go back and re-read the story with a better understand of what was being said and interpreted. However the writer did establish a great vision of what Emily’s appearance looked like during many different times of her life as well as a great interpretation of what her house looked like. It was very easy for the reader to picture such scenes and creating a scene that the reader can convey in their own mind is a great quality for any piece of writing. miss Emily’s first descriptive synopsis was when the city’s authorities came to visit her, “a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain decending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head” (Barnet, Cain, & Burto, 2011, p. 238). The story seems to be a short biography of a woman who lived in a “squarish, frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street”. As it seems to be, she never really left the house much and did not have a lot family and the town looked at her as “a sort of hereditary obligation” (Barnet, Cain, & Burto, 2011, p. 240).It seems as though the main theme of the story is to understand Miss Emily and her life. Her father’s death was unbearable for her, she had a hard time dealing with it and admitting to it. She was very alone in the world except for Homer Barron. Homer and Emily seemed to be in love. “A Rose for Emily” is a...
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