At the beginning of “A Rose for Emily,” the readers are introduced to Miss Emily Grierson at her funeral. Faulkner created sympathy for Emily by making her an outcast from the rest of the town. Emily’s two female cousins from Alabama came immediately to settle unfinished business. The day after their arrival, the funeral was held. The only reason the townspeople wanted to attend her funeral was to either see the inside of her home or because they felt obligated to attend. The townspeople gazed upon Miss Emily under a multitude of bought flowers. This most likely where Faulkner got the idea for the rose in the title (Getty, 2005). If the townspeople had actually cared about Miss Emily, they would not have bough flowers to put on her grave. Instead, they would have hand-picked flowers for her.... [continues]
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