Literature Study GuidesA Rose For Emily

A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner

Download a PDF to print or study offline.

Study Guide
Cite This Study Guide

How to Cite This Study Guide

quotation mark graphic


Course Hero. "A Rose for Emily Study Guide." Course Hero. 28 Nov. 2016. Web. 6 July 2020. <>.

In text

(Course Hero)



Course Hero. (2016, November 28). A Rose for Emily Study Guide. In Course Hero. Retrieved July 6, 2020, from

In text

(Course Hero, 2016)



Course Hero. "A Rose for Emily Study Guide." November 28, 2016. Accessed July 6, 2020.


Course Hero, "A Rose for Emily Study Guide," November 28, 2016, accessed July 6, 2020,


A Rose for Emily infographic thumbnail


William Faulkner

Year Published



Short Story



Perspective and Narrator

"A Rose for Emily" has a first-person plural narrator who speaks in the collective voice of the town.


"A Rose for Emily" is told in the past tense.

About the Title

Roses are often a symbol of love and romance. In "A Rose for Emily" Faulkner uses the rose to represent the love and married life that—due to her father's interference and Homer Barron's reluctance—Emily never fully experiences.


This study guide and infographic for William Faulkner's A Rose for Emily offer summary and analysis on themes, symbols, and other literary devices found in the text. Explore Course Hero's library of literature materials, including documents and Q&A pairs.

Buy this book from
Cite This Study Guide

information icon Have study documents to share about A Rose for Emily? Upload them to earn free Course Hero access!

Stuck? We have tutors online 24/7 who can help you get unstuck.
A+ icon
Ask Expert Tutors You can ask You can ask You can ask (will expire )
Answers in as fast as 15 minutes