A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

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“A Rose for Emily” is a unique mystery in that it remains suspenseful even after spoilers introduce the story. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is the epitome of a work that follows an unconventional plot and a non-linear timeline. However, this method of organization is intentional, as it creates an eccentric application of suspense to an otherwise plain story in order to a shortcoming. Faulkner uses his short story “A Rose for Emily” to explore the demoralized expectations of Southern society during the American Civil War. Throughout the story, there are no clear indications of standard plot structure in each section, such as intro, climax, and denouement. Instead, sections, which are not in chronological order, describe the conflict in each event, which in turn creates suspense, as each conflict builds upon each other in a convoluted fashion to make the reader question the mystery of the story. The story begins with a recollection of memory, as the narrator recalls the funeral of Emily, describing her death as a “fallen monument”, and her life as “a tradition, a duty, and a care”, setting up the plot for later conflicts and events that exemplify her life and death as such. Also introduced are symbols of southern tradition such as “when Colonel Sartoris…remitted her taxes” to show Emily’s strong upholding of tradition and her connections to the few characters that have severely influenced her life and values. A change in time explores the important people…

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