A ROSE FOR EMILY
INTRODUCTION TO LITERATURE
SEPTEMBER 19TH, 2011
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.”
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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