Analysis of "A Rose for Emily" Essay

Analysis of "A Rose for Emily"
A literary analysis of William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily".
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Published on Jul 13, 2014 in English (General)


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"Faulkner narrates the story in first person, however in a plural aspect. Instead of using 'I' to tell the story, he uses 'we' to show that not just one person observed Emily's behavior, but the town as a whole. It isn't just limited to one person, because everyone in the town saw her the same way and judged her the same. The townspeople could be considered as flat and static characters. They appear to be predictable because they are constantly judging Emily and always socializing about her life and whether or not she will marry. They also never change. They stay the same throughout the whole story, the only thing that grows, is their curiosity to see what is in Miss Emily's house.
"Emily herself is a round character. She has many emotions built up inside of her and clearly doesn't know how to cope with things that happen around her. The end of the story reveals how emotionally disturbed she actually was, and no one had ever even known about it. When her father passes should have been the first sign of it, because she wouldn't let them take his deceased body out of the house.
"Even though Emily's father was deceased through the story, he still played a major role. He is the cause to Emily's actions; the reason why she had carried out what she had done to Homer. Mr. Grierson had kept his daughter pretty much locked up and so sheltered from the outside world she resented him but also couldn't let him go when he had passed away.
Emily's house servant, Tobe may appear to be a static character because he is confined to the house and serves Emily every day. He is used to the same mundane routine of assisting and taking care of her. However I believe he is a dynamic character and changes in the end. Not only does he physically change, he grows old and weary, but he takes it upon himself to free himself and leave out the back door of the house when everyone in the town is investigating Miss Emily's house."

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