A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

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In William Faulkner 's "A Rose for Emily," Faulkner tells a story about a woman named Miss Emily Grierson who struggles with living in Calvary, or constant suffering, as she is unable to accept change. The title is symbolic of this as a rose is normally given at a funeral for a loved one and Emily received her rose at birth. Emily has been dying to the world her entire life as she either chooses to or is unable to assimilate or accommodate to life. The story begins and ends with death: the narrator informing the reader that the main character, Miss Emily, has passed away at the beginning and the death of Homer Barron at the end. Miss Emily was afraid of change as she refused to accept that he father was dead, as Faulkner tells us "Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead" (Faulkner 302). Emily is living a grief stricken life, choosing to not accept the death of her father and not dealing with the trauma since she kept his body in the house for three days before she allowed the townspeople to take the corpse and properly bury him. Emily is comfortable in suffering. The three days she kept her fathers ' body shows that Emily is comfortable in suffering, however, the resurrection is what is important, and that is what Emily is unable to accommodate. The story shows us how Emily saw her fathers ' death as him leaving her, a sense of abandonment. However, the story does not divulge…

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