Image In The Trifles Essay

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EN 190Quyen DoanReading Response #1In short fiction, who tells the story and how it is told are critical issues for an author to decide. The tone and feel of the story, and even its meaning, can change radically depending on who is telling the story. In the story "A Rose for Emily" the author William Faulkner uses the method of the third person point of view that does not participate in the action of the story as one of the characters, but lets us know exactly how the characters feel as well as all the incidents happen around the characters' lives. We learn about the characters through this outside voice.Generally the story is about an old woman, named Emily Grierson, who lives in the town of Jefferson. The most prevalent theme of the story is about the deterioration in Emily as well as the decay of the town where she lives in. The unnamed narrator of "A Rose for Emily", who probably lives in the same town with the main character of the story- Emily Grierson, serves as a medium, which fairly records everything that relate to life and times of Emily Grierson. In the beginning of the story, the narrator recalls the time of Emily's death and how the entire town attended her funeral at her house. From that recalling, the narrator would like to draw the attention of the readers to the mysterious and lonely life of Emily that would induce the readers' curious minds to get to know more about Emily. Then the narrator deftly continues the story by leading the readers back to the youth life of Emily. At this section, the readers bit by bit discover about Emily's domestic issue and her life after her father's death which contribute to an odd Emily in town people's eyes. In the mean time, the narrator also lightens the glory life of Emily in the past and the beauty of the town, so through that the reader could be compare and contrast to see the destruction of Emily and the town later in the story. Emily had once been one of the most beautiful ladies in Jefferson. With her father alive no man dared to court her. The house that Emily lives in was at one time one of the most beautiful homes in the whole town of Jefferson. In Emily's youth the house was always well kept. As Miss Emily aged so did the house she lived in. The house became an eyesore for the entire town. With faded paint and an unkempt yard it even began to smell at one point. It would seem that the house and Emily where connected in a way. Both of them had grown old and lost their splendor. The house was also looked at in...

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