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A Rose For Emily: Fawkner

"A Rose for Emily"
William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is told from the viewpoint of an anonymous resident of Jefferson, Mississippi, where the Grierson family was the closest thing to true aristocracy. The story presents a powerful argument that privilege can sometimes be a prison.In “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, we see how past events effect the main character Miss Emily, especially her mental state. She seems to live in a sort of fantasy world where death has no real meaning. Miss Emily refuses to accept or even recognize the death of her father or that of Colonel Satoris. She does not want to acknowledge the fact that the world around her was changing therefore Miss Emily surrounds her with death. What Faulkner tries to state in this story is that you should not let death overpower your life.
William Faulkner is known as one of the most famed writers. William demonstrated artistic talent at a young age, drawing and writing poetry, but around the sixth grade he began to grow increasingly bored with his studies. (Spencer 21)His earliest literary efforts were romantic, conscientiously modeled on English poets such as Burns, Thomson, Housman, and Swinburne. While still in his youth, he also made the acquaintance of two individuals who would play an important role in his future: a childhood sweetheart, Estelle Oldham, and a literary mentor, Phil Stone. (Spencer 32)
Faulkner chooses to use third person narration in this particular story for a couple of reasons.He tries to show Emily’s world to us as seen through the eyes of a respectable resident, so we can understand the town life as if we lived there. This way we were able to understand how the people of Jefferson thought of her. If the story would have been told infirst person we would not have been able to relate to Miss Emily. (Spencer 45) The reason for that would be if she would have been the narrator we would have understood the…


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