A Rose For Emily Rising Action Essay

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Shannon Ryan
Mrs. Moore
Short Fiction
July2, 2015
Midterm
Section A:
1. Identify the elements of exposition, complication, climax, and resolution in
“Hands” by Sherwood Anderson. Discuss how these elements work (or fail to work) together. Be sure to use concrete details and accurate definitions of those literary terms to explain your answer.
This story contains every element literature requires. Like every great writer, Sherwood
Anderson excellently portrayed exposition, complication, climax, and resolution in hands. His story nicely ties in every element, without them he would not have built such a great story. In the beginning, exposition is introduced by setting the stage for his readers. The theme, setting, characters, and mood is set.
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A boy told a lie that almost cost him his life. I would be afraid of my hands too. Now that we understand what happened the author nicely resolute the story by allowing the story to come full circle.
Section B:
2. Identify and explain two themes that recur in “A Rose for Emily.” Be sure to reference specific details in the story to support your answer.
One of the themes of A Rose for Emily is the constant struggle between the past and the present. Emily cannot let go of the past, especially the attitudes and customs of her father's generation. For instance the scene where a special meeting was held so Emily would pay her taxes since it’s a new era she declined. The author writes, “Her voice was dry and cold.
‘I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. ‘Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves.’

‘But we have. We are the city authorities, Miss Emily. Didn't you get a notice from the sheriff, signed by him?’
‘I received a paper, yes,’ Miss Emily said. ‘Perhaps he considers himself the sheriff . . . I have no taxes in Jefferson.’
‘But there is nothing on the books to show that, you see We must go by
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Death, for example, occurs three times in "A rose for Emily." Section one even begins with a description of Emily's funeral. The theme of death runs throughout this tale, which is understandable considering the events that take place in the story. Faulkner uses foreshadowing to foretell events that will happen later in the story.
Because of this foreshadowing, a reader may not be shocked when a strange turn in the story takes place, because, it may seem familiar to him. He author first foreshadows the death of Miss
Emily. The main character does not usually die in the first sentence of most works of fiction, but here Faulkner is foretelling the deaths of other characters that will follow. “When Miss Emily
Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at least ten years.”
(p.g. 314) This is unusual for most stories. Then the death of her father and the later death of her husband. Throughout the story death pops up all over the place
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