Foreshadowing Death in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily."

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Foreshadowing Death in William Faulkner's "A Rose For Emily."

In "A Rose For Emily," by William Faulkner, the author foreshadows events of death in many ways. Especially the awful, but eerie, death of Homer Barron. One way is the single event of Emily buying rat poison from the druggist with no reason to buy it. Another way of foreshadowing death is by a strange disappearance of Homer from the town, which the town's people thought they had an explanation. The last event of foreshadowing comes when Faulkner lets the reader know about the awful stench creeping from Emily's old house. Emily was seen at a drug store looking to buy some rat poison. Not just any rat poison, she wanted the harshest kind, Arsenic. Best put by the druggist "This will kill anything up to an elephant" (Faulkner 106). That is what she wanted and refused to tell him what it was for. Faulkner did this in a way of giving the reader a hint of what it was for. She would eventually kill the man she loved with it. Homer all of a sudden disappeared from the town, long after his work there was done. The town's people figured he had left in preparation for Emily because she had to get rid of her arrogant cousins. The whole town wanted to believe that Emily was soon to be with her man. The foreshadowing comes in here in a way of irony, for she was with the man she loved, it's just he was no longer alive to know that he was left in same position that he died in for a long time. Soon as the town's people thought that Emily had ran her cousins away, there was all this talk of her being married. The cousins were there to persuade her into getting rid of Homer, due to the fact of noblesse oblique. The town figured she was married now but there was this awful emanation of the dead embracing her house, a smell of something that had perished. The town's people thought that her butler had killed a snake or something, little did they know there was a dead Homer upstairs in a...
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