Psychological Issues In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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There are two components to the literature genre, Southern Gothic being Southern and Gothic. The Gothic aspect focuses on grotesque and gruesome topics such as disturbed and/or distorted characters. The Southern aspect focuses on the issues specifically located in the Southern states which include, racism, differentiating between men and woman’s labor, and most importantly the era (the short story takes place in 1894). In the story, “A Rose for Emily”, written by William Faulkner, one of the Gothic parts was when Emily poisoned her “lover” Homer Barron. In addition, the author also describes Emily to be someone with various psychological problems, which resulted her staying in her house throughout the story and isolating herself. Furthermore, …show more content…
Her psychological issues magnified the Gothic part in the literature genre Southern Gothic. As Emily grew up it was only her and her father, Mr. Gierson. His character was portrayed as a very controlling man who would not let Emily have much freedom specifically regarding her love life. Reading this short story it seemed Emily’s father was more than just controlling and rather sick. Specifically when it came to Emily finding a potential husband Mr. Grierson never liked the guys she chose just because he wanted her to himself. Dealing with a father as such, Emily learned to keep to herself, she did not go out often, and became a woman with numerous secrets. Once her father passed she was devastated and extremely lonely, she was finally able to live her own life at an older age but she did not know how to. However, she was in denial, repeatedly saying her father was not dead for “three days” (3). “The minister and doctors [constantly reached out] trying to persuade [Emily] to dispose her father’s body the [correct way]” (3). “She finally broke down and before having to result in using the law and force, they were able to bury her father’s body” (3). Emily Grierson was not a woman who was put together and mentally stable, the fear of abandonment seemed to take over her life. The genre Southern …show more content…
The time this short story was focused around was the late 1800’s early 1900’s, where there many controversies. One specific controversy that was presented in this short story written by William Faulkner was the racism, and the differences between the whites and colored. Reading “A Rose for Emily” there are some vocabulary that is frowned upon to use today such as the word “Nigger” (2) and “Negro” (1 2 4 5). These words were used by the narrator, (the townspeople) very often to explain Emily’s life like such. “It’s probably just a snake or a rat that nigger of hers killed in the yard. I’ll speak to him about it” (Faulkner 2). Although, in the South at the time white folks were not looked at twice when they said such words. Where today if someone was to say these words and/or up north in particular people would be surprised and/or do a double take. What went hand and hand with the racism was the difference between whites and colored people. Meaning, colored people were known to work and/or be servants such as Emily Grierson’s cook and Gardner. White people worked as well just not cook jobs and or jobs such as the one Homer did, (paving sidewalks). These points made throughout this short story strengthened the Southern Gothic genre of literature by focusing on the issues of the South in the time era of

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