A Rose for Emily - A Rose for Emily The reader of William...

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A Rose for Emily   The reader of William Faulkner’s  “A Rose for Emily” is astounded by his ability  with so few words to create such a complex mixture of images, structure, and  tone. Not only do you visit the community in it’s setting, you are also introduced  to the emotions and psyche of the many characters he is introducing.  The reader  is amazed by being able to see, feel, and almost touch this community, to own it  as though a part of the drama that is played out.  Images flash across the page,  leaving the impression that one was actually present when events occur.  His  tone is one of familiarity; the reader could be sitting in his living room with good  friends and relatives reminiscing about the good old days, and people from their  own past.   His easy-going, old south language is relaxing and almost puts the  reader in a complacent mood, however, his storytelling abilities keep you on the  edge with mystery, and the overpowering feeling of wanting to understand what  is going on.  He uses his gift of distorted organization skills of structure by pulling  the reader back and forth between events, and then ties it altogether with  simplistic reasoning.  So simple, that if the reader is not paying close attention,  he will miss something important.  William Faulkner is impressive to have created  such a short story that even at the end, the story continues to grow and become  even more interesting.  The reader is left with a sense of awe, mystery, and  profound understanding that enables the imagination to roam.   William Faulkner’s setting for “A Rose for Emily” is a small town which is made  apparent in the first sentence of the story “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our  whole town went to her funeral:” (2160) In order for a “whole town” (2160) to  attend a funeral, it had to be a small town. With just a few words Faulkner is  telling his readers a great deal about the town.  It implies compassion, friendship,  and remorse.  He then goes on to state the reasons for the people being there.   The men, “through a sort of respectful affection for the fallen monument, the  women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house.” “Alive, Miss Emily  been had a tradition, a duty, and a care;” even going so far as to call her “a sort  of hereditary obligation” (2160) He continues his information by telling us that no  one but an “old manservant-a combined gardener and cook-had seen in at least 
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ten years.”  (2160) Which implies that Emily was a recluse, unhappy, and lonely.  
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