A Rose for Emily Essay

1783 Words Dec 10th, 2012 8 Pages
William Faulkner was a great short story writer whose literature has withstood the test of time. “A Rose for Emily” is one of his better know pieces that can be interpreted in many different ways. The theme one connects with after reading the story depends on the reader’s view of the writer and the writing itself. Many people look at the story as a love story in which a woman is unable to let go of her lover and only wants to preserve him like a rose. Letting go was difficult for the women and holding on was easier. She did what she had to do to preserve her love for her lover even if it was against the town’s laws. The time period in which this short story was written is also important when critically analyzing the writing and the …show more content…
All of the characters throughout the short story personify the thoughts and actions of many southerners and northerners before, during, and after the Civil War. “A Rose for Emily” depicts the attitudes of Southerners and how difficult it was for them to let go of their past and move forward toward their future. Emily herself represented the traditional south. She was an outcast in her town because of her traditional hold. She refused to accept change including the death of her father, the arrival of tax bills, the decaying of her house, and even the residential mail delivery service. The south during that time was an outsider to the emerging idea of equality and refused to change with the times just like Emily. Tobe was also another character that is believed to represent the slave himself. He was a humble, loyal, and understanding man toward Emily and never complained about much. He card for her and respected her just like many slaves did. Homer Baron himself was Emily’s “rose”. This character represented the idea of slavery that the south tried to desperately to hold on to. Just like Homer, slavery eventually died out but the south did not accept the inevitable future of the nation. Another minor character in the story was Colonel Sartoris. He was Jefferson’s mayor, a war hero, who guaranteed Emily that she would not have to ever pay taxes. This character represents the south attitude to being entitled to things based on cultural history even after the culture

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