A Rose for Emily

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A Rose for Emily Essay

Title: The Jealous Townspeople

I. Thesis Statement: A Rose for Emily is a story of the envy harbored by the citizens in reaction to Miss Emily’s pride, reclusiveness, and heritage.

II. A. Topic Sentence: Miss Emily’s heritage is the first and most important reason the town’s people were desirous of her.

1. Supporting Sentence: Miss Grierson was born into a prominent family the residents of her town recognized as being an old and distinguished family. 2. Supporting Sentence: In section one of the story, the people who lived among Emily described her as, “a hereditary obligation upon the town.” 3. Supporting Sentence: When Mr. Grierson died the town’s people felt as though she had become “humanized” and relished the fact that now she would know, “the old thrill and the old despair of a penny more or less.” 4. Concluding Sentence: Though the stories’ main character had originally come from a prominent family, her father ensured that though he left her no money after his passing that she would be provided for, leading to her perception as “a hereditary obligation upon the town”, and exaggerating the feelings of jealousy the people who lived among her held for her.

B. Topic Sentence: Miss Emily’s sense of superiority was beneficial in increasing the begrudged feelings the residents of her town possessed towards her.

1. Supporting Sentence: Though Emily had not been left any form of financial support when her father died, she maintained her sense of confidence and poise. 2. Supporting Sentence: The residents where she lived did not offer to assist Miss Grierson financially or through work around her home because they knew she would be too proud to accept it. 3. Supporting Sentence: The citizens where Emily lived perceived her as though she demanded more respect from them because she was the last living Grierson, according to section three of the story. 4. Concluding Sentence: Our main character of the story remained poised and composed though she was left no financial support from her father, as any person should do, but she demanded more respect for being the last living Grierson and rejected people’s acts of kindness to her; spurring more feelings of resentment towards her.

C. Topic Sentence: Miss Emily’s choice to live an isolated life may have been perceived as a sort of condescending behavior to the townspeople, in result, adding rancor to the feelings the people who lived around her felt.

1. Supporting Sentence: Mr. Grierson’s parenting caused Emily to perceive herself as being better than everyone in the town, which led her to maintain an antisocial lifestyle. 2. Supporting Sentence: Miss Grierson rarely left home or interacted with other people in town besides Homer Baron and Tobe. 3. Supporting Sentence: In section two the story mentions that, “a few of the ladies had the temerity to call, but were never received.” 4. Concluding Sentence: Emily refusing to leave home, unless completely necessary and her failure to interact socially with the people where she lived were in part due to how her father raised her as well as her sense of superiority. III. Concluding Statement: A Rose for Emily is a story that shows how pride, reclusiveness, and heritage contradicted what the townspeople thought Miss Emily’s lifestyle should reflect, triggering feelings of jealousy.

A Rose for Emily Essay
Title: The Jealous Townspeople
A Rose for Emily is a story of the envy harbored by the citizens in reaction to Miss Emily’s pride, reclusiveness, and heritage. Throughout the short story, the reader will see many examples of how the stories main character is mistreated due to the three reasons I listed previously.

Miss Emily’s heritage is the first and most important reason the town’s people were desirous of her. The fact that Miss....
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