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A Rose for Emily Faulkner’s Book

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A Rose for Emily Faulkner’s Book

Emily as a character
Monster or monstrous?
Why Emily purchases arsenic
To poison Homer Barron, offering her everlasting “control” over him as she never ever had with guys prior to
The fate of Homer Barron
Miss Emily poisons him
Strolls in the house one day and never leaves (the toxin is why)
What the townspeople find in Miss Emily’s bed
Homer Barron’s rotting body
His unused toilette set sits off to the side
On the pillow beside his head lies a piece of Miss Emily’s hair
Why Miss Emily eliminates Homer
“If I can’t, no one can”
Does not want to be deserted
Oedipal relationship with father
Wants manage
He would “love” her forever
Plot
Miss Emily matures with her daddy, who drives away suitors
Daddy dies; she rejects it for 3 days (spiritual allusion)
2 years pass– she now has a short haircut and appears like a little lady
Meets Homer Barron
Cousins get here
Buys arsenic and males’s dressing gowns/toiletries
House leaves, cousins leave, Homer comes back
Smell outside your home; lime is sprinkled
Emily teaches china painting classes– she now looks puffed up, gray hair (like a man’s, salt & & pepper
)Shuts herself in for good– Wait 3 days, townspeople discover HB’s body (been in room for 20 years) + Emily’s hair on pillow beside him
Homer Barron
Yankee day worker
Townspeople see her as more human once she starts seeing him
Emily “disgraces” herself by being with him
Point of view
“We”; Collective voice of townspeople
1st individual plural
Range in between Emily and town increased by POV
No one individual has obligation
Emily’s status
Name, not wealth/money anymore
House = Eyesore
Secret of Emily
Old South vs. New South
Townspeople’s view on HB
him– a northerner
Not wed however hanging out typically and publicly
Assume Emily is sleeping with him
Believe that he is “below” her
Noblesse require
Responsibility of nobility to act in a specific method
(meaning HB is incorrect for Emily)
Last of the Griersons
She’s a “lighthouse keeper”
Lives alone, broadcasts threat, a warning to others of risk
Warning: There is danger in power, believing that you’re untouchable, and having nobody to check your behavior
Relationship between Emily and her dad
Emily and daddy with horse whip
She is white and he remains in all black (implied abuse)
Emily’s crayon picture of him over his coffin (childlike mentality towards her father)
All Emily had in life was her father
HB’s body
Emily’s apperance
Looked childlike after father’s death
Puffed up, gray, salt & & pepper hair after HB’s death (became her father)
Emily “ends up being” the captor
Themes
Aristocracy
Old south vs. New south
Fixation
Power/control
Abuse– Victim ends up being victimizer
Religion
Decay
Characters
Miss Emily
Mr. Grierson
House Barron
Judge Stevens (80 years of ages, orders lime to be sprinkled, respectful)
Tobe
Colonel Sartoris (previous mayor of Jefferson, discharges Emily of taxes)
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