Literary Elements In A Rose For Miss Emily

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Literary Elements in “A Rose for Miss Emily” Literary devices play a tremendous role in all works of literature. One of the reasons that “A Rose for Emily” is such an interesting story is the author used an abundance of literary devices in a great way. In “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, the author uses character, conflict, and setting to convey the message that the protagonist is mentally unstable. Faulkner demonstrates character in Miss Emily, the protagonist, to depict she truly is crazy. The short story reads, “They rose when she entered—a small, fat woman in black, with a thin gold chain descending to her waist and vanishing into her belt, leaning on an ebony cane with a tarnished gold head” (Faulkner 2). By describing Miss Emily …show more content…
The major conflict in “A Rose for Miss Emily,” is her rocky relationship with Homer Barron, which lead to his death. This entire concept relates back to her mental issues. The work says, “Then we said, ‘She will persuade him yet,’ because Homer himself had remarked—he liked men, and it was known that he drank with the younger men in the Elks ' Club—that he was not a marrying man” (Faulkner 5). Emily is madly in love with Homer Barron and this quote explains why their relationship will not work out the way Miss Emily hopes. The driving force for what the audience presumes to the murder of Homer Barron is the conflict of Homer not wanting to marry Miss …show more content…
The timing of the main events in the story is the summer after Emily’s father’s death. This is a good indication of why she would have poor mental health. The narrator states, “The town had just let the contracts for paving the sidewalks, and in the summer after her father 's death they began the work” (Faulkner 4). The setting is Jefferson, a small town in the 1800s. Because it is such a small town, Emily has to deal with everyone talking about her personal life, such as her father’s death, her love interest in Homer, and rumors spreading like

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