Essay on A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

1217 Words Sep 10th, 2014 5 Pages
In William Faulkner 's fictional short story, "A Rose for Emily" he illustrates Emily Grierson’s struggle to find her own identity in the judgmental society surrounding her. As the story continues, the generations become more modern. The encroaching subjective society tries to overcome Emily’s traditionalist manner, but Emily’s behavior conveys how she surpasses the new generation, and continued her tradition as though she did before. Faulkner’s use of a first person-plural narration potrays Emily Grierson as a mystery, because we never enter Emily’s thoughts. Faulkner leaves the reader with subtle implications, that allows them to make their own interpretations of what they gained from his writing.
As we know, in “Rose for Emily”, Emily is struggling with the loss of her father and the abandonment of the guy she was waiting to marry. Emily’s father crippled her until death, because of the unconditional love her had for her. When he died, she did not want to accept the fact that he was gone, by saying that her father was not dead (Faulkner 716). I believe Emily was simply a shadow of her father’s existence, and his death would only bring light to whom Emily Grierson really was. Throughout the story, the narrator speaks in first person - plural, which is considered to be the town talking about Emily. I feel as though the town never tried to associate themselves with Emily. The townspeople would sit around gossiping or assuming they knew who Emily was. I feel as though the…

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