Dr. Robert Janusko
A Rose for Emily & The Lottery
Many short stories use a technique where they conceal the ending of the story while preparing the reader for the ending. In order to do that, the author uses methods of point of view and foreshadowing. In “A rose for Emily” written by William Faulkner and “The Lottery “written by Shirley Jackson, the authors use both methods. The point of view used by William Faulkner in “A Rose for Emily” is in 1st person narration where the narrator is the observer of the protagonist. In Shirley Jackson’s “The Lottery” she uses 3rd person point of view in which the narrator is not involved in the story. Like most stories, “A Rose for Emily” and “The Lottery” both use a literary device known as foreshadowing in which both of the authors give clues and hints throughout the story that lead the reader to upcoming happenings in the story and prepare the reader for the ending.
In “A Rose for Emily”, the narrator is the observer of Emily Grierson who is the protagonist of the story. Narration in 1st person point of view keeps the reader wondering what is going to happen next because it controls the perspective which allows for more surprises. The author also uses foreshadowing in which hints and clues are given throughout the story to prepare the reader for expectations in the story. An example used in the story is how Emily Grierson was in denial and refused to admit that her father is dead. The story also says how Emily’s father was really protective of her and didn’t allow Emily Grierson to date any men because no one was good enough for her. Another example given was that the person that Emily Grierson has been dating, Homer Barron was a Northerner and Emily Grierson knew that her family would not approve of her dating a northerner. Both of these examples gives the reader the hint that the reason Emily Grierson had killed Homer Barron was because she needed a male in the house with her...