Cordero Ruiz 1
Christian G. Cordero Ruiz
Professor T. Smith
October 2, 2017
Short Story Analysis of Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is a gothic story filled with plenty of twist and surprises in its plot. We see how a woman of desire that came from an old family is observed by a town with curiosity and mystery as she lives her life in solitude. Emily Grierson who is portrayed first a type of monument is seen as she evolves from a potential vibrant girl to an eccentric, secretive and controlling old woman that likely suffers from a mental illness.
In the beginning after Emily’s death we see the respect that the town shows and how mainly the older generations viewed her. The narrator refers to her by stating “our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument” (par. 1). Showing how the town used to see her as a woman of some stature that through time faded away. In section one it can also be seen how they saw her as type of burden that allowances had to be made for, as the narrator says “Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town” (par. 3). To tag along with that we see how the town had tried to communicate with her in various ways so she could pay her taxes and she responds with “”I have no taxes in Jefferson. Colonel Sartoris explained it to me. Perhaps one of you can gain access to the city records and satisfy yourselves”” (par. 8). Here we have an example of how Emily lives in her own reality and has a knack for doing what she wanted without any protest.
Without a doubt Emily was raised isolated by her father and this greatly affected her in many ways. Emily can be considered as a person with many emotions that probably influenced her way of thinking but something that could have been a factor is her family history and how the Griersons including Emily thought about themselves. The narrator says “People in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last, believed that the Greirsons held themselves a little too high for what they really were” (par. 25). Here we learn that Emily had a relative with a mental illness and she might be susceptible to a similar situation therefore affecting the type of person she is and the actions she takes. Emily and her...