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Emily, A Mystery For Everyone Essay

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The story "A Rose for Emily" is one of first William Faulkner’s publications. The action of this story takes place in a time filled with social and political turmoil, when Southern came into a historical lethargy, and when its glow start faded. The elements presented in "A Rose for Emily" make reference to that time and are a tribute to Mss. Emily Graiser. A dominant tone is shown by a footprint of the past and loneliness to which was added symbolism and melancholia. The author showed us through his words issue of life, love and death, a sensitivity which gets us closer of characters' life and struggles.
The story begins with the death of Emily Graiser- the main character- and the action is presented backwards and gradually her life and action from the time she was young until she died. The story is narrated from the town's point of view which has a great attention on Graiser family, a wealthy family for which there is great respect, not only because they were rich also because of its history being the oldest family of that region.
The imposing house presented at the beginning of the story is a very important element and was presented as "squarish frame house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies, set on what had once been our most select street. But garages and cotton gins had encroached and obliterated even the august names of that neighborhood; only Miss Emily's house was left, lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps-an eyesore among eyesores" symbolize not only the house degradation also symbolize the financial situation of Graiser's family which is in decline, but also the white color presented in description can be a reference Emily’s psychological status. She is considered by people of the town "a tradition, a duty, and to and which from the, a sort of hereditary Obligation upon the town "(32), which from the innocent young lady that was once she became suspicions through time by her actions.
It's like time stopped for Emily. Symbolic the hose became part of her, and what once was full of hope and happiness, with the death of her father, whom she loved and respected, and whose death was hardly accepted by her, and the mysterious disappearance of her fiancé, the house became a prison where Tobe-the loyal servant- was the only one to have access to. The two male...

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