Essay on A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a short story that is divided into five sections. In section I, the entire town is at Miss Emily’s funeral, which is held at her home. The mayor, Colonel Sartoris has suspended Emily’s tax responsibilities to the town after her father’s death. But, the new generation of the town isn’t happy with this arrangement. However, they try to get her to pay the tax, but she refuses to pay the taxes. In section II, Emily is single at the age of thirty because her father believes that no man is worthy enough for her. About two years after her father’s death, the tax collecting townspeople have a strange experience about Miss Emily because her house has a peculiar odor that no one knows about. Eventually, the odor is gone after the townspeople sprinkle lime outside of her house. In section III, Emily meets and has an affair with Homer Barron, who is working on the sidewalk building project. Later, Emily goes to the drugstore to buy arsenic. In section IV, the whole town thinks that she plans to kill herself. Homer is last seen entering Miss Emily 's house. Emily never leaves her house and stays inside of her house for the rest of her life. Her hair turns gray, she gains weight, and she eventually dies in a downstairs bedroom. After some time, the town breaks down a locked door upstairs in her house and they find the decayed body of Homer on the bed. At the end, the story goes back to where it began, at her funeral. Faulkner’s central idea is…

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