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A Withering Rose Essay

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William Faulkner’s, A Rose For Emily, encompasses various themes, but the theme most prevalent in the short story is decay. Time waits for no one, and for Miss Emily Grierson, time left her behind. A Rose For Emily depicts the motionless decay of a woman stuck in time, as her concept of reality is lost. Throughout the story Faulkner characterizes Emily and the atmosphere around her as addled and withered. In the short story, A Rose For Emily, by William Faulkner, a woman is ultimately overcome by grief and in turn loses all conception of reality, becoming lost in her own world that is fading with her.
Miss Emily’s erratic behavior first surfaced after her father’s death. Possibly brought on by grief, but better explained as insanity, Miss Emily denied her fathers death for three days. When Mr. Grierson died it left Emily alone and substantially aided in her deterioration. Because of her fathers possessive nature no man came close to courting her, and so she was left to confide to herself becoming alienated from the rest of the town. This alienation and confinement left Miss Emily stuck in time, further departing her from reality. This is shown through the meeting over her taxes between her and the town deputation when she refers to Colonel Sartoris. “See Colonel Sartoris. I have no taxes in Jefferson” (Welty 682). After the death of Emily’s father Emily lost the only connection she had to reality, but shortly after her loss she met a man by the name of Homer Barron. But Miss Emily’s relationship with Homer Barron eventually pushed her further away from realism, even turning her homicidal.
Faulkner deviously chose whom Emily would cling to after her father’s death; so much so that the fear of losing another man compelled Miss Emily to commit an act that would permanently withdraw her from reality. Emily was in love with Mr. Barron, temporarily concealing her insanity. Sadly, Mr. Barron did not...

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