A rose for Emily evaluation Analysis
English composition II
The short story A Rose for Emily is the tale about Emily Grierson and the time leading to her death. Emily was raised by her father to have a sense of class and expectation to be treated as such. Emily grew up in an era where black women were not allowed to be on the street without aprons, this was set into motion by her father. Her house was on one of the nicer streets in the town and was kept well. Emily was raised by her controlling father who never thought any suitor for his girl was good enough. He had made arrangements when Emily was a child that he should never have to pay taxes. This was indicative of the power her family once reveled in. Years later Emily’s father passed away and over the years Emily became less revered by the community and more pitied. She had lost who she was when her father died and seemed to have no real concept of people and money, just that her family had it at one time. This is described in the story when her taxes become overdue and town’s officials came to her home to collect. No one had been in the Grierson home for some time, not even when there was a stench of death surrounding it that had the neighbors complaining, but no one wanted to approach a “lady” about her order. Upon entering the home the town officials found that the leather on the chairs were cracked with age and Emily was walking with a faded cane and looked ill. When asked about back taxes Emily told the officials to speak to Colonel Sartoris, a man who had been dead for ten years but had arranged for her father to not pay taxes. Emily lived alone except for her servant being that her father passed away and her hopeful suitor abandoned her. In the tale Emily meets another potential suitor but he had stated he preferred the company of men and enjoyed drinking with young men. The women of the town were surprised that Emily would like this man for he was a day laborer...
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