A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner
In William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily,” he builds up terror and suspense to the end where he then reveals that the protagonist, Emily, poisoned her lover and had been sleeping and cuddling his corpse for more than forty years. What Faulkner has illustrated here is called necrophilia, which is the erotic attraction to corpses. This here is an example of the gothic genre, which is a combination of horror and romance.
In the story, the narrator does not take any sides and just tells the story as it is. Everything that we know about Emily is told through the gossip of the townspeople. He uses a collective tone and always refers to himself as “we,” as if he or she is a member of the
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Abner Snopes believes that he had every right to burn down the De Spain’s barn because they tried to sue him for the carpet that he intentionally ruined. These two characters both believed that they were above the law. Faulkner captures the readers through their senses. An example of this would be the smell of the rotting corpse in Emily’s house and the use of lime to cover up the foul odor. He also made the once beautiful house turn into a beat up and worn down house in the middle of everything that once was. You can actually see and smell Faulkner’s illustration in this story. As for Barn Burning, the usage of sensory was very prominent. Faulkner began the story with the smell of cheese and the sight canned mean which induced hunger for the characters. In both stories an image is not just created but is brought to life. Faulkner’s purpose was for the readers to not only see the characters but also to feel what they felt, and all this was executed successfully. Works Cited
Kennedy, X.J. and Dana Gioia. Literature. 11th Ed. N.Y.: Longman,