A Rose for Emily: Love and Death

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A ROSE FOR EMILY

(William Faulkner)

INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE

SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2011

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A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner the theme is Love

and Death. It shows the basic need for her to find lasting

love but, it also shows her need to be with the one's that

have passed and she loved deeply.

The narration starts with the funeral for Emily in the story

the narrator says that the men go to the funeral for Emily

out of obligation, and the women go to the funeral for

Emily because no one has been in her house for years.

The narrator goes on to tell that the house at one time

was a very nice (grand) house and that both the house

and the neighborhood have deteriorated.

It goes on to tell that the Mayor remitted Emily's taxes

starting with the death of her father. And, that her father

left nothing for her when he died.

It tells in the story where Emily has gotten letters and

notices that she has ignored. They send someone out to

the house to talk to her about them. It then goes on and

begins to describe what Emily looks like “ a small, fat

woman in black” who looks “bloated, like a body long

submerged in motionless water, and of that pallid hue.”

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After the person that is sent out to talk to her tells her

why he is there. She insist that she has no taxes and tells

them to go see the Colonel. They tell her that the Colonel

has been dead for 10 years. She sends them away.

Emily symbolizes the old south and how she stays true to

the old ways of life.

Emily has a denial for death. That of her father whom she is unable to

admit that he has died. And refuses to bury his body for days.

Homer dies and...
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