Literary Analysis: A Rose For Emily

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“A Rose for Emily”

“A Rose for Emily” was written in 1930 by William Faulkner. Faulkner was born in 1897 and grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. He won several prize; the Nobel Prize for literature and the Pulitzer Prizes for fiction. Through naturalistic observation, Faulkner stories are framed around slavery and similar morals which circulated around his hometown community. Legends were engrained into Faulkner’s life by his Confederate office grandfather. These legends sparked inspiration for the well-known short story, “A Rose for Emily”. “A Rose for Emily” expresses a change in generations, innovations, views, and morals in a small community. “A Rose for Emily” takes place in a the white squared-framed home belonging to Emily Grierson.
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Emily believed she did not have to pay taxes due to an agreement with the previous mayor, Colonel Sartoris. Emily’s father had developed a rule which indicated no black women were allowed on the streets without aprons. As repayment for this rule, the mayor excused taxes for Mr. Grierson. However, the new generation of Alderman had no proof of this rule and expected Emily to pay her fair share of taxes. This caused the first of many conflicts. Emily was resistant to the community as well. Due to Emily’s high regards, she did not see eye to eye with many of the town folks. In most cases Emily believed she had the final word in most arguments. This was the case when she refused to let the minister and doctors take her father’s dead body away from her. It was only until she was threatened with the law that Miss. Emily agreed to the request. Overall, Emily Grierson did not get along with her community. Besides the community, I believe Emily was in conflict with herself. After her father’s death and the abandonment of her significant other, Emily was doomed to live her life in solitude. This caused her to become incredibly lonely. She battled with this for awhile. I believe the emptiness she felt caused her to kill Homer Barron, in hope for a long lasting companion. Though, Homer and Emily were friends he would have never married her because he was gay. Either way, …show more content…
The most prominent theme of this story is the difficulty with the ability to change from the Old South to the New South. Almost all of the conflict in this story was based upon Emily’s inability to assimilate. Also, this evolution of time represents the difference in morals and views. Furthermore, loneliness kills is another presented theme. Mr. Grierson prevented Emily from living a companion filled life. Once her father passed, she truly felt her loneliness and killed Homer Barron for comfort. Above all this loneliness killed her slowly over time as well. Overall, there are many hidden themes and messages places in Faulkner’s complex short

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