Rose For Emily

"A Rose for Emily" By William Faulkner Reading this atypical piece of work
entitled "A Rose for Emily", written by William Faulkner encourages a sense
of thrill and stimulation within. Since Mr. Faulkner resided in Mississippi most
of his writings reflect his home state, as does "A Rose for Emily". The
first person minor point of view is being told by the townspeople. The main
character, Miss Emily, in this short gothic story that took place during the
early 1900 hundreds demonstrated a conflict she was having with herself. I think
that it is well known that our parents are the backbone to each personís
existence. Knowing this, William Faulkner managed to include through the events
in the plot an underlining message mixed with a little flowered mockery.

Although, Ms. Emily committed murder, she was a victim of her learned
environment because of her father and the citizens of Jefferson. This story
revolved around one town and one main character. The beginning of this womanís
well to do life in a poor southern state consisted only of herself and her
domineering father living in the same house until the calling of God summoned
her elsewhere. Miss Emily managed to make it to age thirty still being single
with only the help of her father and "she would... continue to cling to that
which had robbed her"(472). The townís people assumed that "none of the
young men were quite good enough for Ms. Emily and such"(471). When the only
person in Emilyís life passed on, she stood in denial and refused condolences
an aid to bury her father from the town ladies. The damage that her father had
bestowed upon her by sheltering her from the rest of the world was starting to
emerge at the time of his death. By over-protecting Emily and "clutching a
horsewhip"(471) to control her life, caused her to become hermit-like in the
town she grew up in and knew very well. This creator of Emily must have lead her
life for her in every way, fore when he exited the earth, he managed to take a
big part of her with him. I believe this caused a confused state in which Emily
really didnít know herself, causing her to be so afraid of being alone that
townspeople were "trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body...
for three days"(471). Emily came upon and involved herself with a second male
figure that turned out to be her lover. In the end Emily poisons her lover to
keep him from leaving her. The fulfilling plot is retold by the townspeople as
if they were all reflecting upon her life and the things they remembered. By the
author reflecting back, using the whole town, it gave the story a sense of
upcoming purpose. The climax continued to climb starting "when the smell
developed"(470) to Emily purchasing the arsenic and finally the very end when
the realization was put forth by "a long strand of iron-gray hair"(475)
implying that she really killed Homer. The authorís tone carried sympathy for

Emily as stated by the townspeople, when they said "poor Emily"(472) several
times. The characterization of Emily was also provided by the description of her
house that had once been white, decorated with a nice roof, steeple, and"scrolled balconies in the heavily lightsome style of the seventies"(469),
compared to the current portrait given of "an eye sore among eyesores"(469).

The townspeople who "had begun to feel really sorry for her"(471), along
with her father, all provided an external unhealthy motivation that is
responsible for her unthinkable actions of murdering Homer. A mixture of simple
to read sentences along with minor dialog made the story easy to understand. I
felt the style of writing provided a spirited suspense by not letting on that

Homer was dead until the closing paragraphs. For me, stories like that keep me
reading until the very end. A story like this, that took place in the south
during the early 1900 hundreds basically got away with murder. If the setting
for this story would have been present day 2000, it would have upset and
infuriated some readers for the fact that a crime was committed and no one were
prosecuted. The town officials would have carried more of the blame for not
finding out the real cause of that smell. The black servant would have also been
charged for not reporting the murder. Basically, any other time and place would
have caused the story to lose its effectiveness. Looking past all