Finding Solace In Death In Faulkner, Browning And Shakespeare Literature

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Even though William Faulkner, Robert Browning, and William Shakespeare came from different backgrounds and were born centuries apart, these three well known men of literature had a great deal in common. Shakespeare was a poet, an actor and a playwright, born in Stratford-Upon-Avon in 1564. Throughout his life he wrote several sonnets and poems and was the creator of many words still used today (“William Shakespeare”). Shakespeare has remained one of the most popular literary men in the world. Browning was born in 1812 in London and wrote many poems and had them published in several volumes. Faulkner was not a playwright but he was a novelist, a poet, and an author of famous short stories. He grew up in Mississippi where he based all of his works’ locations. “A Rose for Emily”, “Porphyria’s Lover”, and Hamlet are hauntingly beautiful and tragic pieces. All are different but the one thing that connects them is the character’s fascination with death and whether or not it affects them psychologically.
The first character that may have been fascinated by death is one Ms. Emily Grierson in “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner; published in 1931. “A Rose for Emily” is labeled a Southern Gothic short story (“William Faulkner”). The short story is about the aftermath of the death of Grier. The townspeople want to know why she always stayed in her house, never came outside and what the smell was that came from inside. Much to their horror and surprise, Miss Emily had killed her husband and slept next to the corpse. It all fell into place after the townspeople got inside. The reason Emily slept near a dead corpse after murdering him could stem from childhood problems or events that happened. The people in her life could have been a key concern as to why she was the way she was before she died.
Emily had a slightly overprotective father and a way of showing it was making her so dependent on him she soon could do nothing without him and he found ways to rid Emily of her possible suitors. He ran them off so he was inevitably the only man in her life. “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, and we knew that with nothing left, she would hae to cling to that which had robbed her, people as well” (Faulkner 252). The phrase “father issues” comes to mind. The problems she faced with her father could be a definitive reason why she felt the need to kill her last suitor. There is a chance that since her father had died she felt a sense of abandonment. It was also stated that Emily kept her father for three days after he had passed before the Sheriff discovered what was going on and took her father’s corpse out, meaning he would never be in her life again (Faulkner 252).
Another possible factor that may have potentially led to Emily’s problems was the time period she lived in. It was only socially acceptable to be married before a certain age and have the ability to keep the same man for the rest of her life. Emily had the problem of keeping a...

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