A Rose for Emily

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Heydi Honderman
English 101 M-W 5:25-6:50pm
Sally Olivas
23 April 2013
Till death do us part?
When it comes to getting married, it is the happiest moment that every girl dreams of because it’s the day where love is in the air and a moment where two lovers connect and become one until death pulls them apart. They always say a bride gets cold feet on the night before her wedding. In this case, Miss Emily Grierson just doesn’t get cold feet, but also becomes a cold-hearted killer who murders her fiancé to fulfill her bridal fantasy of a wedding she will never have. In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Faulkner builds shocking surprises that will leave you speechless. Or so you think. Therefore, the twist is that the surprise isn’t really a surprise because Faulkner gives us clues throughout the story by using characterization to describe Emily’s characteristics, situational irony to lead us to the twist of the surprise, and diction to explain the attitude towards the town. Using these, Faulkner leads us to think twice about Emily’s deadly and mysterious personality.

In the beginning of the story, Faulkner uses the people from Emily’s town as narrators to talk about Emily’s physical and mental characteristic after her death. He uses characterization to describe Emily’s attitude towards the town and how bad her fame was. The townsmen mention physical characteristics by describing her as a really huge old lady who had no friends which symbolizes the loneliness she felt. They also describe her mental characteristic as rude because she believed that she could’ve done whatever she wanted just because her father was rich and didn’t have to pay taxes, and as insane because would sleep next to a dead body. They would talk about how she held her head high to demand “the recognition of her dignity” (Faulkner 34). Faulkner connects characterization to the surprise of finding Homer’s corpse in a room that has been locked up for four decades because by Emily keeping...
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