Rose For Emily

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In this short story of "A Rose for Emily," by William Faulkner, it reveals a tragic story of a young woman who is violated by her father's strict mentality. After being the only man in her life, Emily's father dies and she finds it hard to let go. Like her father, Emily possesses a stubborn outlook towards life, and she refused to change. While having this attitude about life, Emily practically secluded herself from society for the remainder of her life. She was alone for the very first time and her reaction to this situation was solitude. Emily Grierson had a death and funeral that drew the attention of the entire town. The story is set during the changing times after the civil war, and there are many symbols in the story that bring out the theme of change. The author uses many aspects of literary techniques such as characterization, symbolism, and plot to reveal the character of Miss Emily.

Characterization refers to the techniques a writer uses to develop characters. Faulkner best uses characterization to examine the theme of the story. Faulkner's use of characterization to describe Miss Emily and her intentions was triumphant in bringing the story to life. Miss Emily, the main character of this story, lives for many years as a recluse, someone who has withdrawn from a community to live in seclusion. "No visitor had passed since she ceased giving china-painting lessons eight or ten years earlier" (75). Faulkner characterizes Miss Emily's attempt to remove herself from society through her actions. "After her father's death she went out very little; after her sweetheart went away, people hardly saw her at all" (76). The death of her father and the shattered relationship with her sweetheart contributed to her seclusion. Though her father was...

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