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How The Theme Is Developed “A Rose For Emily”

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The theme is describe as being a piece of works controlling idea or central insight. When trying to find a theme is a short story or novel, we as the reader must determine what the central purpose is, or in other words, what the author wanted us to get out of the story (Arp 102). In William Faulkners short story, “A Rose for Emily”, the theme is horror.
In “A Rose for Emily” the story started out with the narrator telling about the time of Miss Emily death and how the whole town attended her funeral in her house. Emily’s house has had no visitors in over ten years. Her neighborhood was once very nice, but Emily’s house is the last one left. Colonel Sartoris, the town’s mayor at the time, ...view middle of the document...

She offers no explanation for the use of it after the clerk inquires about it, and the package arrives at her house labeled “For rats.” Some of the townspeople fear that Emily will use the poison to kill herself because her potential marriage to Homer seems increasingly unlikely. The women of the town insist that the minister talk with Emily. After his visit, he refuses to speaks about it and swears that he’ll never go back. So the minister’s wife writes to Emily’s two cousins in Alabama. Homer is absent from town and is believed to be preparing for Emily’s move to the North or avoiding Emily’s relatives. After the cousins’ departure, Homer enters the Emily’s home one night and is never seen again. From then on, her door remains closed to outsiders. She eventually closes up the top floor of the house. Nothing is heard from her until her death at age seventy-four. Emily’s body is laid out in the parlor. After some time has passed, the door to a sealed upstairs room is broken down by the townspeople. Items for an upcoming wedding and a man’s suit laid out and Homers body stretches out on the bed as well, dead. The people then notice the indentation of a head in the pillow beside Homer’s body and a long strand of Emily’s gray hair on the pillow (Faulkner 437-443).
A way the author and help the reader understand the theme is through the characters. We find out in the story that Miss Emily’s aunt was insane. We also find out through details that later in her life she becomes a recluse. This is odd because early in the story she is described as being determinate, strong willed, and prideful. “Perhaps the horrible and the admirable aspects of Miss Emily’s final deed arise from the same basic fact of her character: she insists on meeting the world on her own terms.” (Brooks 230). With this you can see even in her grotesque act she is...

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