Essay about Analysis Of ' A Rose For Emily ' By William Faulkner

1248 Words Nov 20th, 2016 5 Pages
Norwegian philosopher Lars Fr. H. Svendsen in A Philosophy of Boredom (2005) wrote that, “self-identity is inextricably bound up with the identity of the surroundings” (143). In this way, it can be reasoned that the complex dynamic of interconnected relationships surrounding the individual, serves to negate true identity by developing perceived notions of ‘character,’ rather than revealing them. This concept easily extends to William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose for Emily” (2004). Within the text, the constructed description of central protagonist, Miss Emily, is that of “a slender figure in white” positioned in “tableau” (Faulkner 1350). In the same way that the term ‘construction’ refers to “the creation of an abstract entity,” the descriptors used of ‘white,’ ‘slender,’ and ‘in tableau,’ are likewise, a conceptualization (OED 1). Rather than realistically depicting Miss Emily, the imagery creates a contradiction emphasizing a romanticized visualization of her, and demonstrates the town’s disassociation. Additionally, through this misconstruction of characterization, a persona of underlying perversity in Miss Emily’s character turns deceptive to the town. This thematic trend exists through repeated images of isolation, recurring patterns of action of reversed gender roles, and in symbolic colour imagery used to expose the tension of innocence versus deviance. Moreover, through these elements, the complex nature of identity is analyzed, elevating understanding in the…

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