WILLIAM FAULKNER, "A ROSE FOR EMILY"
20.201 (04) COMPOSITION 2
WILLIAM FAULKNER (1897-1962)
"A ROSE FOR EMILY" (1931)
Answer the following questions with specific references to the story on pp. 2218-2224 of
Norton Anthology of American Literature
1. How does the information provided in the first section indicate the nature of the conflict in the
story? What is the conflict?
2. Who is the protagonist and who is the antagonist of the story?
3. What does the description of Miss Emily Grierson’s house in the second paragraph reveal
about her social position in the town at the time of her death?
4. List two ways in which the men of Colonel Sartoris’ generation differ from those of the next
5. What is the real reason for which Miss Emily does not have to pay taxes in Jefferson?
6. Describe the general attitude of the town toward Miss Emily.
7. Explain how Miss Emily’s reasons for murdering Homer Barron are related to her personal