A Rose for Emily

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|A Rose For Emily |
| Like so many American writers, Faulkner found himself again and again writing short stories, some of which are considered|
|as equally important as his best novels. Good as his short stories are, they seem always at the threshold of being absorbed into|
|the Yoknapatawpha saga — that legendary matrix which is Faulkner’s real achievement. However, for a beginner of Faulkner |
|scholarship, his short stories may well be an easy start. “A Rose for Emily” is Faulkner’s first short story published in 1930. |
|Set in the town of Jefferson in Yoknopatawpha, the story focuses on Emily Grierson, an eccentric spinster who refuses to accept |
|the passage of time, or the inevitable change and loss that accompanies it. Simple as it is in plot, the story is pregnant with |
|meaning. As a descendent of the Southern aristocracy, Emily is typical of those in Faulkner’s Yoknapatwapha stories who are the |
|symbols of the Old South but the prisoners of the past. In this story, Faulkner makes best use of the Gothic devices in |
|narration, and, the deformed personality and abnormality Emily demonstrates in her relationship with her sweetheart is |
|dramatized in such a way that we feel shocked and thrilled as we read along. |
|In this story, Faulkner’s strong condemnation of the values of old tradition emanates from the pathetic life story of the |
|central character, Emily Grierson dominated by her father and restrained by his rigid ideas of social status, she has been |
|prevented from getting married during his lifetime, and therefore after his death she is left alone and penniless. Her |
|dependence on her father continues even after he…...

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