A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay examples

836 Words Oct 23rd, 2015 4 Pages
Many people in today’s world find it difficult to discover who they really are and what their purpose is in life. Nobody wants to be an outcast however sometimes fitting in can be difficult. William Faulkner shows us in his short story “A Rose for Emily” that a lot of times people rely on others to help them feel comfortable in life. Emily, the main character, was thought to be a kind of odd person however everyone had some level of respect for her. During the entire story nobody truly knew who Emily was. In life many can feel this way because they do not accept their true inner being and they end up following the crowd. Faulkner does not give the reader a clear understanding of Emily’s situation in the beginning of the story. All we know about is a, “... smell. [Which developed about] two years after her father’s death and a short time after her sweetheart...had deserted her” (Faulkner 15). Most of the citizens in Emily’s city know her name because of the stench that radiates from her house. Nobody knows exactly what the smell is and everyone is displeased the city has done nothing to rid of it. In this story it is known that Emily’s father had died and that he was a very large part of her life. In fact, “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days…” (Faulkner 27). Her father had been the only person in her life that she did not know what to do without him. Emily was never truly able to be herself because of her father. This relates to today’s…

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