A Rose for Emily

William Faulkner

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a-rose-for-emily-william-faulknerHomer BarronNorthern carpetbagger; a prospect for Miss EmilyMr. GriersonEmilys late father;scares away her suitors NarratorCollective voice of the townspeopleColonel SartorisMayor of Jefferson; absolves Emily of future taxes TobeMiss Emilys black servant Main CharactersMiss Emily GriersonMysterious old recluse Narrator, Part 2e knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as people will.Population of the storys fictional setting, Yoknapatawpha CountyTimes the narrator uses the first-person plural we or us to engage the readers sympathyYear Faulkner was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature194915,61143Short stories Faulkner published ~100A Rose for Emilyby the NumbersA Mississippi native, Faulkner created the fictional Yoknapatawpha County, where A Rose for Emily” and manyof his other stories take place. Though Faulkners short stories were popular, he viewed them as a means of quick income between novels such as The Sound and the Fury.WILLIAM FAULKNER 1897–1962AuthorThemesTil DeathSYMBOLSThe deliciously macabre A Rose for Emily” begins with the funeral of Miss Emily Grierson, an old spinster in the post–Civil War South. Staunchly private, Miss Emily is pitied by the local townspeople, who view her as a monument to the past and a barrier to the future. But like her decaying house, Miss Emily has some secrets of her own.Sources: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Faulkner Glossary, Faulkner Journal,New York Times, NobelPrize.orgCopyright © 2016 Course Hero, Inc.The Griersons’ HouseSymbolizes Miss Emilys broken dreams as it slides into disrepair Mans Toilet SetEmbodies hope for Miss Emilys relationship with Homer BarronGray HairRepresents the passage of timeTradition vs. Progress City elders and younger citizens struggle over what is right versuswhat is proper. Post–Civil War SouthFallen Southern aristocrats cling to memories of life before the war. PatriarchyMen regulate womens liveseven after death.William Faulkner1930EnglishShort Story AuthorYear PublishedOriginal LanguageA Rose for EmilyHorror

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