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A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner

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The short story “A Rose for Emily” is a gloomy piece written by William Faulkner. Faulkner successfully uses a reminiscent tone to illustrate how Emily’s popularity or status in societythe legacy of the Grierson family name, kept the town of Jefferson onlookers blinded from the truth that Emily Griersonshe tragically murdered her lover, Homer Barron. This story is a far cry from today’s reality, because the fact is that in today’s society when people’s lives are in the spotlight, as Emily’s is, onlookers like to pry and investigate any suspicious behavior. The The narrator is using’s use of the word “we” whileen giving flashbacks into Emily’s past, which suggests that these flashbacks are recollections from multiple people. It is clear that the narrator is piecing together all the circumstantial evidence collected from the people aroundthat Emily’s home town of Jefferson. This circumstantial evidence could have indicted Emily of Homer’s murder, but not one person attempts to investigate the suspicious circumstances before Emily’s death. could have indicted her for Homer’s murder before she died. Faulkner’s use of first-person shows Emily is ’s popularita well-knowny member of this town, because she is the last remaining person in Jefferson from the famous Grierson bloodlineand importance to the people of the town, which is also, which gives reason the reason the people of Jefferson to why they igignored the obvious clues that Emily is mentally deranged andwas mentally unstable, due to the death of her father, and capable of pre-meditated murder.
Throughout the narrators’ recollections of Emily’s past, many given details proveare given on howwhenywhen, why, and how Homer may have may have died. Emily’s father drove men away from her, all of her life (93). After her father’s death she tried to keep his corpse and refuse to accept he had died. Perhaps this mental break came from the fear of being alone. The townsfolk claim, “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that” (93). It is as if the town ignores Emily’s mental health after her father’s death; however, it is Emily’s mental health that becomes her motive to kill Homer and keep his corpse. Emily’s mental instability leads her to fear being left alone by Homer. So Emily devises her plan while Homer is out-of-town for a few days, and purchases arsenic from the drug store. Homer returns to town and returns to Emily’s house and is never seen again (93). Sometime after Homers last sighting, the smell of death coming from Emily’s home angers her neighbors. “So the next night, after midnight, four men crossed Miss Emily's lawn and slunk the house like burglars . . . They broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime there, and in all the...

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