Essay William Faulkner 's A Rose For Emily

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This essay will look primarily at William Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’ and through that, argue how the atmosphere of the environment Faulkner was raised in, has directly influenced his work, not only through its central plot themes of death and decay but also through the setting and environment of the story. The environment he was raised in, glorified the past and alienated people from the present. Faulkner however rejected those views and through his short story “A Rose for Emily” attacked this glooming mindset. Despite Faulkner’s claims that “his books and he were different, even at odds” (1982:1), a close reading of ‘A Rose for Emily’ combined with an understanding of the author’s early life in the South of the United States, can reveal how much of him can be seen in his work. Faulkner suggested several times a sort of dualism in his mind between the “William Faulkner of Oxford” (1982:609) referring to the author’s limited public profile and “the "secret" Faulkner” (1982:608) referring to the author’s more revealing writings through his stories.
The melancholy and poorness of the post-war south is the central thesis of every major southern writer of the time, from Faulkner and O 'Connor to Penn Warren. This is an important realization to understand the atmospheric and environmental thread that connects the gothic-like tone of these writers and their works. This melancholic (and even decaying) tone of the present can be seen right in the opening of the story: “It was a…

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