"A Rose for Emily" paper

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Professor Casner English 010-090 Female Narrator in “A Rose for Emily” “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is a tragic story. It is a tale of a woman who cannot accept the death of her father of her lover Homer. She stays secluded from her town. This makes all of the townspeople gossip about her. There is a debate over whether the narrator is a male or female member of the town. There are many valid points showing that the townsperson was female. Michael L. Burduck is one critic who writes on this issue. He brings up the point that the townsperson “appears very concerned with every detail of Emily’s life” (Burduck). What makes this statement true is that the women are more likely to gossip over men, especially in that period of time. In the story it proves this when talking about the funeral. “The men [went] through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house” (29). This shows that the men did not care to gossip about Miss Grierson; they had a respect for her. The reader also finds out that the women at the time did not like Emily and her actions. They did not like the fact that Emily was having premarital relations with a man.
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This note was uploaded on 04/11/2008 for the course ENG 010 taught by Professor Casner during the Fall '07 term at Kutztown.

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