A Rose for Emily 16
“A Rose for Emily,” composed by William Faulkner, “Excellent Country Individuals” by Flannery O’Connor, “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Toni Cade Barbara’s “The Lesson” all share a typical style of seclusion. The 4 stories also share a common thread in each of these short stories is the protagonist’s arrogance and pride causes their ultimate downfall. The story “A Rose for Emily” is told by an unknown narrator who lives in the town of Jefferson Mississippi. The reader is presented to the lead character Emily Grierson through the news of her death.
Emily is the child of one of Jefferson’s finest families, when Emily was young she was described as being one of the most stunning ladies in Jefferson. The Grierson’s as a family are very proud. The narrator gives an example of this in the following line, “Individuals in our town … thought that the Griersons’ held themselves a little expensive for what they actually were” (Faulkner 3). According to Faulkner the Greisons’ house, in its prime time, was located on one of Jefferson’s “most choose street” (Faulkner 1).
Emily’s character could be described as vibrant because she alters drastically throughout the story. The reader fulfills Emily as an old, recluse who resides in a worn out home her only company a male servant named Toby. As the story progresses the reader starts to discover what the exact situations were that triggered Emily to become this individual. As a young girl Emily led an extremely protected life. Emily satisfied the town women at the door in total denial. She declined to acknowledge that her father was dead.
Emily’s financial and psychological lifestyle Groves 2 altered significantly after her father’s passing. “When her dad passed away… the house was all that was left to her,” Emily was left alone “and a pauper” (Faulkner 3). The reader can just think of how her dad’s death changed Emily; whatever that Emily had actually known up to that point in her life was about to change. The intro of the antagonist Homer Barron, a Yankee supervisor of the building and construction business who pertains to Jefferson to pave the sidewalks of the town causes Emily to develop.
Emily saw Homer as a method to make a place for herself beyond what her father delegated her. It is unclear who pursued whom, but it is clear that Emily was open to Homer’s attentions and more than likely invited them. The 2 hung around together taking leisurely Sunday afternoon flights through town. The town itself likewise plays the role of antagonist. Emily felt suppressed under their continuous watch, however she held her head high. Instead of wilting under the town’s analysis of her relationship with Homer, Emily Griersons’ pride started. It was as if she demanded more than ever the recognition of her self-respect as the last Grierson; as if it had desired that touch of earthiness to declare her imperviousness” (Faulkner 4). As time went on the ladies of Jefferson saw Emily’s relationship, or absence of marital commitment with Homer as disgraceful. The women persuaded the Baptist minister to go to Emily. When this intervention failed the other half of the minister took it upon herself to call Emily’s only living relatives. After a year of courtship Emily concerned the awareness that Homer would not marry her.
Emily made the ridiculous but calculating decision to murder her lover. One might argue that Groves 3 Emily’s pride declined to be taken for a fool and wanted to put an end to the town’s gossip and disturbance in her life. This decision was Emily’s method of taking control. Emily refused to accept that Homer wasn’t interested in her as a partner. Emily did not wish to reside in a great, huge house alone. She was willing to kill to keep Homer with her. Even while Emily bought the toxin that would eventually be utilized to eliminate Homer, Emily’s pride asserted itself.
She required the very best toxin from the druggist. “Miss Emily simply looked at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye, up until he averted and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up” (Faulkner 4). The theme for “A Rose for Emily” is the lead character aversion to accept the truth of losing Homer, who she views as possibly her last possibility to have what her father denied her throughout his life. Emily slips into insanity causing her to take the drastic step of killing her lover.
Like Faulkner’s Emily Grierson, Flannery O’Conner’s protagonist Hula from her short story “Excellent Nation people” permitted her pride to cloud her judgment. Hula/Joy was a college educated ladies who lived alone with her mom on a small farm. Hulga’s error was believing that she understood all there was to understand. Hulga believed she could see through the nothingness. That is until Hulga met the protagonist of the story Manley Tip. She felt a kinship with this young man; Hulga thought that they both suffered from a similar disease. She went with off with him; Hulga thought she was the one with the have the upper hand.
The thought never ever struck her that a nation young boy without any official education might ever possible cause her harm. Hulga was under the impression that she could seduce and manipulate Manley. Groves 4 By using Hulga’s intelligence and pride against her Manley was able to seduce and humiliate Hulga. Leaving her in a situation where she ‘d have to plead for assistance. Manley got the very best of Hulga, he used her weakness, made her tell him that she loved him, made her take off her leg, and after that when Hulga had nothing delegated give Manley took the leg and leaving Hulga stranded in the loft. The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara happens in New York’s inner city. “The Lesson” is embeded in the 1960s a time where many African-Americans were moving north to escape racism and poverty. In “The Lesson,”Miss Moore just recently moved into the narrator’s, Sylvia’s, neighborhood. Miss Moore is various from the other grownups in the neighborhood. She uses her hair in its natural curls, she speaks appropriate English, everyone calls her by her last name, Ms. Moore has participated in college, and she feels it’s her task to teach the neighborhood kids about the world around them.
Sylvia is the antagonist in “The lesson”. The story begins with a group of bad, lower class city kids standing in front of a mailbox, preparing themselves for another day of being taught by Mrs. Moore. Mrs. Moore felt that it was her duty to assist underprivileged kids find out since she was among the only women in the community to make a college degree. Miss Moore chooses to take a group of kids beyond their natural surroundings to show them how other people living in the exact same city live.
The journey into the city could be described as the villain of the story. The idea is to present the children to the possibilities that are out there. Throughout the story Miss Moore asks a question about cash. “SEARCH FOR the quote” Groves 5 Sylvia’s pride will not permit her to openly acknowledge that she has actually discovered something from Miss Moore’s journey. This is why her character could be described as semi-flat.