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English - English 1101 15 October 2009 If She Only Knew...

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English 1101 15 October 2009 If She Only Knew What Love Could Do William Faulkner begins “A Rose for Emily” by describing the scene at her funeral and continuously flashes back and forth with the chronological order of events in the story. Each piece of the story prompts another piece regardless of the order. Faulkner uses excellent techniques to make “A Rose for Emily” a magnificent and mysterious masterpiece by strategically sequencing series of events, which foreshadow the ending. Emily's father was a prominent man and Miss. Emily, his daughter had a "heredity obligation" to fill. He loaned money to the town, as a means of business and in return Colonel Sartoris, the mayor of the town would remit Miss. Emily's taxes after her fathers death. When her father died, she clung to his deceased body. "She told them that her father was not dead" and "did that for three days, until she finally broke down and allowed him to be buried properly." This is when we first learn, truly, how she is crazy, unstable, and a "fallen monument" in the small town. The Narrator uses many descriptive words to create the character, Miss. Emily, and words that foreshadow the irony of the climatic ending leading to Homers death. We learn that "she looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water and of that pallid hue," " her skeleton was small and sparse," "her voice was dry and cold," and she did not accept no for an answer." With that said, we learn that she is a lonely woman who clings to her past and appears to the townspeople like she is better than everyone. No one is good enough for Miss. Emily Grierson. From the description we are given in the beginning about her character and her reaction to her father's death, we know she has mental problems and trouble letting go to the past.
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We witness from the description of she and her father that she had a rough childhood.
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