Women In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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William Faulkner created a woman out of words who is relatable to all women of all generations, and all types. This is done with how Miss Emily Grierson looked, how she acted, how the town reacted to her, and mostly how she affected the audience. ‘A Rose for Emily’ paints a picture of a woman stuck between generations, men, and ideas. The story is a well known one. Emily Grierson was a well known figure in the town who never paid her taxes. After her father died, and she was still unmarried, she became something of a shut in. When she emerged and met a fine man, the town thought they had married, until that fine man disappeared. The town pitied Miss Emily, but in a weird way respected the old broad. They were shocked when they found the body …show more content…
In the short story, however, she is first described as “a small, fat woman” with “Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness on another was obesity in her”(794,795). This tells the audience how frail Miss Grierson must have looked to anyone who saw her. After her father died, she became sick and no one saw her for a long time. When she emerged from the house “her hair was cut short, making her look like a girl”(796). After courting Homer, and Homer appears to have left, she disappears again into the house. When she is seen again, “she had grown fat and her hair [had] turned gray” (798). Over the years her age was announced with her hair, which “grew grayer and grayer until it attained an even peppery-and-salt, iron gray, when it ceased turning,” this gray hair would be used to represent Miss Grierson even in her death (798). When she dies, and the men of the town begin to explore the creepy old house, they discovered the body of her once lover. Next to the dusty corpse is a pillow with an “indentation of a head” was “long strand of iron-gray hair”(801). Overall Faulkner tells that physically Emily Grierson was a woman with a small frame who was overweight, with gray hair. She looked like someone to be pitied. By her actions, she was …show more content…
Although she was passed from generation to generation, she never let way she held herself be tarnished. When they came to collect the taxes she had never paid, She simply told them to “See Colonel Satrois,” and told told Tobe, “show these gentlemen out”(795).
“She vanquished them” showing her power and dignity (795). When she went into the druggist, she was short and to the point with him, she simply wanted poison. Emily Grierson said much more with her actions and her body, then with her words. When the smell coming from the house was too much and the gentlemen sprinkled lime across the yard, she was seen with “the light behind her, and held upright torso motionless as that of an idol”(796). She held herself of that of a different generation, one of

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