Essay on A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

734 Words Sep 29th, 2015 3 Pages
The short story “A Rose For Emily” was written by William Faulkner in 1930. Fifty-three years later, the story was adaptation was adapted for the big screen based on Faulkner’s short story. The short story and the film have many similarities and differences; they compare in areas of plot and symbolism, 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 mediums, 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. One reason for the difference in mood is the ability for the movie to use music to its advantage. When the mood is more disturbing like when Emily’s father dies or when Homer’s body is revealed, the director overlays dark, unsettling music to set the mood for the film. The director Chubbuck often accomplished 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. The written story had to rely solely on the author’s ability to create the mood with words. William Faulkner does however still create a scary atmosphere for a written work; when the townspeople “saw a long strand of iron-gray hair,” every reader got a little…

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