William Faulkner: Short Story of Explication, a Rose for Emily

Topics: Fiction, William Faulkner, Short story, Writing, Truman Capote, American literature / Pages: 4 (967 words) / Published: Feb 5th, 2013
Short Story Explication- “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner
• One thing that “A Rose for Emily” has in common with the sketches is over the subject of feminism. Faulkner is thought to have been a feminist, while the writings of Irving and Hawthorne, clearly portray non-feministic ideas. Hawthorne and Faulkner also share a tendency to write about dark, heavy and depressing subjects.
• Faulkner’s writings were mostly influenced by where he was from. Most of his novels take place in Mississippi in the fictional Oknapatawpha County. Faulkner wrote about the history of the South. He was influenced by American fictionist Mark Twain and many other Southern American writers such as Robert Penn Warren, Flannery O'Connor, Truman Capote, Eudora Welty, Harper Lee and Tennessee Williams.
• William Faulkner and Ernest Hemingway have complete opposite writing styles in the way that Hemingway uses short, simple sentences, and Faulkner uses more complex sentence structure. They had an ongoing feud over it actually, which leads one to believe that Faulkner was influenced by almost any writer but Hemingway. They wrote about similar themes; however ,their writing style contrasted greatly.
• Faulkner does not seem to improve upon other writer’s work; however, he is quick to criticize other writer’s works, such as Ernest Hemingway.
• “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant—a combined gardener and cook—had seen in at least ten years (Faulkner 2218).” This sentence opens up the short story, and is important, because it starts out the story differentiating between genders. It also shows the southern town’s reaction to death.
• “Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward,

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