A Rose for Emily

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It is said that actions and thoughts follow energy. To elaborate, what one does or thinks depends highly on the attitude the person is experiencing at the moment. In William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily, the author presents the story through narration in a third person point of view. The narrator is the voice of the people who live in Jefferson, and tells the story in a series of memories in no chronological order. The author successfully gives the reader a general sense of how the people of Jefferson felt towards Emily and those closest to her throughout her life. In actions and thoughts shown through flashbacks, the author describes the attitude changes in Jefferson as time passes by and a newer generation arises. Throughout the story, the narrator describes changes in attitude towards Emily. It is evident that as time passes, the people of Jefferson become assertive towards her. The narrator describes the house that Emily’s father left her as “…big, squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies… set on what had once been our most select street” (Faulkner). Based on the narrator’s description of the house, Emily was noticed as a person of high quality. Having a large house with the great architecture on the most prestige street at the time, gives the reader the notion that the older generation in Jefferson saw Emily as upper class and of high descent. This older generation had respect towards her, and felt the need to have to help her. Through the narrator’s perspective the reader finds out that the previous mayor of Jefferson, Colonel Sartoris, had discharged Emily from paying taxes after she had lost her father. Colonel Sartoris “…invented an involved a tale to the effect that Miss Emily’s father had loaned money to the town…” (Faulkner). This act of kindness enabled Colonel Sartoris to help Emily financially, and at the same time protected Emily from feeling like she was being given a handout. Being...
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