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William Faulkner’s A Rose for Emily


“A Rose for Emily,” written by William Faulkner, “Great Nation Individuals” by Flannery O’Connor, “The Birthmark” by Nathaniel Hawthorne, and Toni Cade Barbara’s “The Lesson” all share a common style of seclusion. The 4 stories likewise share a typical thread in each of these short stories is the protagonist’s conceit and pride leads to 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 introduced to the lead character Emily Grierson through the news of her death.

Emily is the daughter of among Jefferson’s finest households, when Emily was young she was described as being among the most stunning ladies in Jefferson. The Grierson’s as a household are really happy. The storyteller offers an example of this in the following line, “Individuals in our town … thought that the Griersons’ held themselves a little too high for what they actually were” (Faulkner 3).

According to Faulkner the Greisons’ home, in its prime time, was found on among Jefferson’s “most select street” (Faulkner 1). Emily’s character might be described as vibrant since she alters dramatically throughout the story.

The reader meets Emily as an old, recluse who lives in a dilapidated house her only business a man servant called Toby. As the story progresses the reader starts to discover what the specific situations were that triggered Emily to become this person. As a girl Emily led a really sheltered life. Emily fulfilled the town women at the door in complete rejection. She declined to acknowledge that her daddy was dead. Emily’s financial and emotional way of life Groves 2 changed considerably after her daddy’s death. “When her daddy died… your home was all that was left to her,” Emily was left alone “and a pauper” (Faulkner 3).

The reader can just envision how her daddy’s death changed Emily; everything that Emily had known up to that point in her life will alter. The introduction of the villain Homer Barron, a Yankee supervisor of the building and construction company who concerns Jefferson to pave the sidewalks of the town causes Emily to develop. Emily saw Homer as a method to make a location for herself outside of what her dad delegated her. It is unclear who pursued whom, but it is clear that Emily was open to Homer’s attentions and most likely welcomed them. The two spent time together taking leisurely Sunday afternoon rides 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 examination of her relationship with Homer, Emily Griersons’ pride kicked in. “It was as if she required 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 girls of Jefferson saw Emily’s relationship, or absence of marital commitment with Homer as disgraceful. The girls convinced the Baptist minister to go to Emily.

When this intervention failed the partner of the minister took it upon herself to get in touch with Emily’s only living family members. After a year of courtship Emily came to the realization that Homer would not wed her. Emily made the crazy but calculating choice to murder her enthusiast. 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 chatter and disturbance in her life. This decision was Emily’s way of taking control. Emily refused to accept that Homer wasn’t thinking about her as an other half. Emily did not wish to live in a great, huge house alone.

She was willing to kill to keep Homer with her. Even while Emily bought the poison that would eventually be utilized to kill Homer, Emily’s pride asserted itself. She required the very best toxin from the druggist. “Miss Emily just gazed 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 style for “A Rose for Emily” is the protagonist hesitation to accept the reality of losing Homer, who she sees as possibly her last opportunity to have what her dad denied her during his life.

Emily slips into madness triggering 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 “Good Nation individuals” enabled her pride to cloud her judgment. Hula/Joy was a college informed women who lived alone with her mother on a little farm. Hulga’s mistake was believing that she knew all there was to understand. Hulga believed she might translucent the nothingness. That is till Hulga satisfied the lead character of the story Manley Pointer.

She felt a kinship with this boy; Hulga believed that they both experienced a similar disease. She opted for off with him; Hulga thought she was the one with the have the upper hand. The thought never ever occurred to her that a nation boy with no formal education might ever possible cause her harm. Hulga was under the impression that she might seduce and manipulate Manley. Groves 4 By using Hulga’s intelligence and pride against her Manley had the ability to seduce and embarrass Hulga. Leaving her in a scenario where she ‘d need to beg for assistance.

Manley got the best of Hulga, he played on her weakness, made her inform him that she enjoyed him, made her remove her leg, and then when Hulga had nothing delegated offer Manley took the leg and leaving Hulga stranded in the loft. “The Lesson” by Toni Cade Bambara takes place in New York’s central city. “The Lesson” is set in the 1960s a time where many African-Americans were moving north to leave bigotry and poverty. In “The Lesson,”Miss Moore recently moved into the narrator’s, Sylvia’s, neighborhood. Miss Moore is various from the other grownups in the area.

She uses her hair in its natural curls, she speaks correct English, everyone calls her by her surname, Ms. Moore has actually gone to college, and she feels it’s her duty to teach the area 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 task to help underprivileged children discover because she was among the only ladies in the area to earn a college degree.

Miss Moore decides to take a group of children beyond their natural surroundings to reveal them how other people residing in the very same city live. The trip into the city might be described as the antagonist 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 money. “look for the quote” Groves 5 Sylvia’s pride will not permit her to freely acknowledge that she has discovered something from Miss Moore’s journey. This is why her character could be referred to as semi-flat.

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