Essay on A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

789 Words Sep 28th, 2015 4 Pages
The short story “A Rose For Emily” written by William Faulkner in 1930. It Was later made into a movie fifty-three years after the publication. The short story and the film have many similarities and differences; they compare in areas of plot and characterization, but differ in chronological order and mood. These similarities and differences give “A Rose For Emily” the ability to be distributed in two completely different medias, while sticking to the same themes, values, and narrative.
“A Rose For Emily” was written with many Southern Gothic influences and references. The film adaptation uses many of these influences to create an eerie, horror like atmosphere, whereas the short story does not have as much of a sinister feel. This could be because the movie utilizes music to its advantage. At times where there is an unearthly event going on in the film, such as when Emily’s Father dies or when Homer’s body is revealed, the director overlays dark, uncanny music that sets the mood for the film. The director Lyndon Chubbuck most often did this with organ music, ultimately adding to the enjoyment of the film. William Faulkner did not have the benefit of using music in his short story, so the horror element falls a little flat compared to the movie. The written story has to rely solely on the author’s ability to create the mood with words, and it is just not as effective other novels like “Misery” by Stephen King. That does not mean that William Faulkner does not create a scary…

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