_A Rose For Emily_ theme analysis.pdf - Martinez 1 Lucelis Martinez The Infallible Ms Le AP Literature period 2 November 14th 2018 \u201cA Rose For

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Martinez 1 Lucelis Martinez The Infallible Ms. Le AP Literature period 2 November 14th, 2018 “A Rose For Emily” by Faulkner page 29 The mystery “A Rose For Emily” by William Faulkner is about a coddled southern belle with demented tendencies and a murder she commits which reveals that; Excess pride can help develop regrettable isolation. #1- Why call the story “A Rose for Emily” when there is no rose in the story? When someone passes away, people that knew them bring roses to the funeral. So, the rose that is referred to in the title could represent a rose brought to her funeral. Another meaningful layer to the use of the rose is that while roses are beautiful from afar, they can be dangerous up close. Miss Emily’s cautious relations/ interactions with her neighbors reflects the nature of a rose. They can see her as beautiful and as someone of importance that needs to be preserved but in the end, a rose, and Miss Emily can still prick them. Even beyond that though, some people keep roses after they die. Since the title says a rose for Emily, it is important to analyze what was given to Miss Emily in the story. Homer Barron was essentially given to Miss Emily by life itself, at least that’s how she saw it, so when he dies she preserves his body. The rose also brings out some irony in the story because even though Emily wants to cling onto Homer, he is dead. By attempting to preserve him, she ended him. #2- Changes in the main character The main character changes in the story because she killed Homer Barron. She does not really have any realization or understanding besides one: that her lover could possibly leave her like her father did before. This realization prompts her to take immediate action which is why she killed Homer Barron; in order to keep him with her forever. She didn’t really change in any particular way though. She was the same delusionally proud woman the whole story, but she fell more into that as the story progressed so she essentially just became more of what she already was. This is not a change. As a reader, I had some realizations as I read the story because of the way that it was written and also because of Miss Emily herself. In regard to her character changes, as Miss Emily fell deeper into isolation, I began to ask myself where it would lead. Even before we were told about Homer’s body, I anticipated that something strange would happen because she bought arsenic and Homer Barron disappeared. #3- The narrator that the author has chosen does make a general observation about human nature. The Narrator states, “Only a man of #4- Some of the curious objects that the story contains are the following: a market basket, a silver toilet set, as well as a gray hair. The
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Martinez 2 Colonel Sartoris’ generation and thought could have invented it, and only a woman could have believed it,” (Faulkner page 2 paragraph 1). The Narrator implies that women have some characteristic that makes them believe in things that are not true. This can, however, also be meant to be a
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  • Tamara Lee
  • A Rose for Emily, Short story, Joyce Carol Oates, Sartoris, The Mansion

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