A Rose For Emily By William Falkner Essay

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In William Falkner’s, “A Rose for Emily”, Falkner brilliantly uses structure to make you feel sorry for the main character of the story, Emily. If Faulkner had just told the plot, which is the sequential order in which the events happened, it would not have the same effect and therefore the reader would see her as a sociopath. Instead of seeing her as a sociopath, the reader is made to feel sorry for her and instead of putting the blame on her; the blame is put on her father, Homer and the rest of the town. In continuation, the father gets some of the blame because of his overprotectiveness of Emily. The narrator tells us that her father chased away every young man that showed some interest in his daughter. It was bad enough that the narrator says the town started to see them as a picture. They are described in the picture as, “…Miss Emily a slender figure in white in the background, her father a spraddled silhouette in the foreground, his back to her and clutching a horsewhip, the two of them framed by the back-flung front door” (93). Her father being the only man in her life could explain why when he dies and the women of the town came to offer their condolences, she had no grief on her face and denied that her father was dead. Just before the townsmen were going to resort to the law or use force, she gives in and they were able to quickly bury her father’s body. Subsequently, because of the way the plot is structured, we put partial blame on Homer. Instead of seeing…

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