Thesis statement:A Rose for Emily is a perfect combination of gothic form and realistic content, which appears the unique artistic charm.
I. Introduction A. General words about William Faulkner and his A Rose for Emily B. The definition of gothic fiction C. The development of gothic fiction in modern time
II. The gothic characteristics in A Rose for Emily A. The topic is mainly about murder, dead, violence and necrophilia, which is the "gothic topic" B. The character of Emily is stubborn, eccentric and mysterious, who is involved in "gothic form" C. The description of environment adopts the typical "gothic style" D. The flashback in …show more content…
It points out that William Faulkner uses the gothic characteristics in many aspects, such as topic, hero, environment and plot, etc. Meanwhile, he fills it with fresh air, symbolic meaning and his own emotion. All of these make A Rose for Emily rise at a perfect peak—the combination of gothic form and realistic content, so that the short storyis not only superior to the traditional "Black Romanticism", but superior to the "Realism" in Victoria Age.
Key words: William Faulkner, A Rose for Emily, gothic characteristics.
I. Introduction A. General words about William Faulkner and his A Rose for Emily William Faulkner is one of the most distinguish writer in American literature. He was born in the South, and he wrote people, background and cases in the South. As the appearance of Faulkner, the South appeared the literary glories of “the South Renaissance", which ever was called “the literary desert."(Yu Jianhua, 2004: 460) Maybe there is never an American writer such as Faulkner who catches so many eyes of professors and critics. Even his short story, A Rose for Emily, some writers have discussed and explored it in many ways. However, this essay tries to discuss Faulkner 's creative purpose in the gothic style, which had a great influence on European and American literature. And it is to discover something new to give the reader enlightenment and