A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

792 Words Nov 21st, 2014 4 Pages
William Faulkner created a woman out of words who is relatable to all women of all generations, and all types. This is done with how Miss Emily Grierson looked, how she acted, how the town reacted to her, and mostly how she affected the audience. ‘A Rose for Emily’ paints a picture of a woman stuck between generations, men, and ideas. The story is a well known one. Emily Grierson was a well known figure in the town who never paid her taxes. After her father died, and she was still unmarried, she became something of a shut in. When she emerged and met a fine man, the town thought they had married, until that fine man disappeared. The town pitied Miss Emily, but in a weird way respected the old broad. They were shocked when they found the body in her bedroom, but it made sense in an odd way.
How she looked: As a young girl she was “slender figure in white”, and it is implied, by the way her father drove suitors away that Emily Grierson was once pretty. In the short story, however, she is first described as “a small, fat woman” with “Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness on another was obesity in her”(794,795). This tells the audience how frail Miss Grierson must have looked to anyone who saw her. After her father died, she became sick and no one saw her for a long time. When she emerged from the house “her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl”(796). After courting Homer, and Homer appears to have left, she…

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