As I kept growing up my father started to give more freedom but also gave me more responsibilities; like he wanted me to do the chores of the house, not all of them but some. At the beginning of the short story, Faulkner does not elude too much to the coming events in the story. After the death of her father, it seems as though Emily coils into her shell much more than she had done prior to his death. The taxes seem tame compared to what comes next. She would not pay for her taxes due to the loophole found by the town mayor. When they can't stop her from dating Homer themselves, they send her cousins after her. When Homer comes into the picture, the town is perplexed by the odd relationship and offended that someone of her stature would allow a man of his stature to court her.
This attitude of authority and entitlement was due the fact that her father was the mayor of the town and it was expected of everyone to showed respect. When people stopped by to express their condolences about her father's death, Emily told them that her father was not dead. A flawed relationship between the town and Miss Emily is seen throughout the story. Miss Emily represented the old ways of the south and how they were dying off throughout the story. As the world crashed and changed around her, she took refuge in a familiar place that would allow for her to remain unchanged and accept her for that.
Some argue that the major tension in the story is Southern pride versus Northern influences. He knows that Miss Emily is a proud woman of genteel upbringing, though, and that in her pride she would refuse charity, hence the story he invents. Themes One of the major and obvious themes in A Rose for Emily is death—death starts the short story, it is found in the middle and it ends the story. He opens the story as the town finds out about Emily's death. The book of literary terms: the genres of fiction, drama, nonfiction, literary criticism, and scholarship. As generations passed you could clearly see that the town was undergoing a great change, in which Emily was not ready for.
Many readers consider Emily to be a necrophiliac. The story is not chronological, but completely out of order, adding mystery and climax. Local legends and gossip trigger the main focus of his stories. The narrator, speaking in the first person plural that represents the entire town, recalls that, when Miss Emily Grierson died, all the townspeople of Jefferson, Mississippi, attended the funeral held in her house, the interior of which no one save an old black servant later identified as Tobe had seen in ten years. This man, Homer Baron, gave Emily the courage to be social and active.
We will never really know why Emily did what she did, but yet again, others never really know why we choose to do something ourselves. Besides effective uses of literary techniques, such as symbolism and a first plural-person narrative style, Faulkner succeeds in creating a suspenseful and mysterious story by the use of foreshadowing, which gives a powerful description about death and the tragic struggle of the main character, Miss Emily. The story begins at the huge funeral for Miss Emily Grierson. The narrator, a member of the town, tells the story of what transpires in a decaying old Southern house that is always under the watchful eye of the townspeople. Part five puts all the pieces together.
In her younger years her father had driven all her suitors away. She became so dependent on her father that when he died, she became a completely different person. Another example of this is when her father died, her father sheltered her a lot shooing away boys so she became very isolated early in life. Her skeleton was small and spare; perhaps that was why what would have been merely plumpness in another was obesity in her. They complained so much so that in the dark of night, several men snuck into her yard, sniffing about the foundation of her home, spreading Lyme throughout just to mask and rid the grounds of the foul stench. As if it was karma due to the fact that she did not treat the townspeople with respect, she even gained and became poor.
There is a very dark and ominous feel to this story, which mainly revolves around death. Her father left her little money but a prestigious name, which meant that people in the town treated Emily differently. When the town gets the mail system for free, Emily refuses to let the towns. During professional practice, with children, improvements can always be made. The characters in the story are all different and very important to the telling of the piece throughout. The gossip begins to spread like wildfire and accelerate the public affair even more so in an effort for Emily to stand her ground.
When Miss Emily goes to the pharmacy to buy poison, she is described as lacking in affect and appears to be paranoid, withholding information from the pharmacist about the reason for her request. Audience as well as critics frequently assume that in the event that the story was written linearly, in series, it would not be much of a storyline. The point of view portrayed in the story is help isolate Emily and point out how different and odd she is considered to be by the town. Also, Emily may have had a fetish for dead people. Read or reread the text with specific questions in mind.
Though I see it not so much as a bad thing, it just shows how Emily is struggling to be everything she is suppose to be. Another major theme is isolation. William Faulkner demonstrates how giving away part of the ending before the story has begun obligates the reader to investigate the story in order to get the rest of the ending, all the while building suspense for the reader, and building the storyline. It was thought that mental disorders ran in the family because her aunt was also mentally unstable as well. People knew what it must have been like to be Emily.