A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay example

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“A Rose for Emily” Critical Analysis

“In good fiction, certain of the details will tend to accumulate meaning from the action of the story itself, and when this happens they become symbolic in the way they work” (O’Connor). In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” many components that may be initially dismissed in a passage, through intelligent writing, gather a deeper meaning. Homer, for example, appears to be just another tragedy to strike the pathetic life of Emily Grierson. However, many features linked to Homer leave the reader asking questions of the purpose and meaning behind his character. Each interaction with his character seems purely plot driven initially, but as the story unravels, they adopt a deeper meaning, forcing the reader to act as a detective, to hunt the deeper meaning of the passage. Homer comes to represent the Northern idea of progress throughout the story, which can be seen in the language and attributes Faulkner included in Homer’s character, Emily’s response to his character, and the aftermath of the eventual and untimely death of Homer Barron, making “A Rose for Emily” a classic piece of reflective literature. Homer’s peculiar appearance, personality, and his symbolism all contribute to the mystery surrounding Homer Barron. Although the entire story is not told chronologically, Homer is still not introduced until Part III of the story. This seems late for the introduction of a major plot point in a five part story. Faulkner’s choice to…

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