A Rose for Emily Essay - A Rose for Emily AP English Literature William Faulkner\u2019s short story \u201cA Rose For Emily\u201d tragically retells the life and

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A Rose for Emily AP English Literature William Faulkner’s short story, “A Rose For Emily”, tragically retells the life and death of an iconic community member in the fictional town of Jefferson, Mississippi. Emily Grierson transformed from a pretty heir to a family fortune, to an orphan and social rebel enamored with a beloved northern working man, to a tax-evading, forever lonely recluse who died timely in her sleep. Faulkner divulges this all in a non-linear sequence; the opening takes no time to let know of Emily’s death, and it is quickly established that she lived cloistered until then. This builds up suspense as more details on the in-between come out. For example, learning that Emily married Homer Barron raises questions of where he went before Emily’s lonely death. In the last lines of the story, this ultimate question is answered as many plot points are tied together, which originally looked unrelated in each of the sections they appeared. Emily’s scaring away of a priest, her purchase of arsenic while Homer was alive, and the foul smell about her house as she
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  • A Rose for Emily, William Faulkner, Short story, Joyce Carol Oates, Emily Grierson

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