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A Rose for Emily Studyguide

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A Rose for Emily Studyguide

William Faulkner
Author
emily grierson
primary character
homer barron
supervisor from the North. described as “Big, dark”. admired for humor. falls for primary character, viewed as outrageous because not very same class
judge stevens
mayor of jefferson in flashback. orders lime sprayed to eliminate smell of house
mr. grierson
main character’s daddy. controlling and looming even in death. thwart’s primary character’s efforts to find a husband so he can manage her
Tobe
main character’s servant. voice rusty from lack of usage. after main character passes away, he walks out back door and is never seen again
colonel sartoris
previous mayor of jefferson. represents old style/world. absolves primary character from taxes
old woman wyatt
main character’s great-aunt. goes crazy before dying
cousins
______, loved ones of primary character, both woman, from alabama “more (primary character’s surname) than (main character)”
storyteller
not main character, tells story
William Faulkner
Author
Emily Grierson
Main character– * SHe is an eccentric recluse– * she lived alone after her dads death– * Homer Barron becomes the “item of her affections”– only for her to posion him so as to “keep him” all for herself
Homer Barron
* Supervisor from the North.
* Described as “Big Male w/ a Dark Complextion”.
* Appreciated for his humor.
* He falls for main character.
* Towns individuals see this as outrageous due to the fact that he is not from the “SAME CLASS” as Emily
Judge Stevens
* Mayor of Jefferson.
* Tries to deal with the situation of the “odor” coming from Emily’s home.
* He and the Alderman spray lime to kill smell originating from Emily’s house
Mr. Grierson
* Emily’s dad.
* Controlling and looming he has an enduring result on Emily even after his death.
* He wards off Emily’s efforts to discover a husbnad in order to keep her under his control.
Tobe
* Main character’s servant.
* Voice rusty from lack of usage.
* Emilys only connection to theoutside world
* After primary character passes away, he goes out back entrance and is never ever seen again
Colonel Sartoris
* Former mayor of Jefferson.
* represents old style/world. a
* Discharges main character from tax debt after the death of her daddy
Old Lady Wyatt
* Main character’s great-aunt. g
* Goes nuts prior to passing away
Narrator
Not the primary character, informs story
Southern Gothic
depends on supernatural and odd personalities and unusual events to assist the plot but uses them to check out social issues in southern america. “A rose for emily” is an example.
Plot
The story is broken up into 5 sections. During the very first 2 sections they describe how Emily is very rich and is recently handling the death of her daddy. After his death the city has problems trying to get her to pay taxes and they likewise have a problem with a strong odor coming from her house, nevertheless she would never let anyone inside of it. In the 3rd and 4th sections Emily satisfies a building worker named Homer Barron and purchases arsenic which compromises her reputation. The town ends up being concerned she is delusional and ask her 2 cousins to visit her. After their departure Barron is seem going into her house nevertheless he never returned outdoors. In the last section they explain how no one went into your home till her death at 74 and it was then they broke down a door to a room upstairs to discovered a suit and Barons decomposing body, as well as a long strand of Emily’s grey hair on the pillow next to him.
Dispute
Main characters
Emily- a strange figure who alters from a lively and confident young girl to a cloistered and deceptive old lady. Devastated and alone after her father’s death, she is an object of pity for the townspeople.
Homer Barron-He develops an interest in Emily and despite his characteristics, the townspeople view him as a bad, if not scandalous, choice for a mate. He vanishes in Emily’s home and decomposes in an attic bed room after she eliminates him.
Mr. Grierson– Emily’s father. Mr. Grierson is a managing, looming presence even in death, and the neighborhood plainly sees his long lasting influence over Emily. He deliberately wards off Emily’s attempts to find a husband in order to keep her under his control
Setting
The story happens in Jefferson, Mississippi.
Importance
Emily’s home, like Emily herself, is a monument, the only staying symbol of a passing away world of Southern aristocracy. It also represents alienation, mental disorder, and death. It is a shrine to the living past, and the sealed upstairs bed room is her macabre prize room where she maintains the man she would not permit to leave her. The hair of hair is a reminder of love lost and the typically perverse things people do in their pursuit of joy. The hair of hair likewise reveals the inner life of a woman who, in spite of her eccentricities, was dedicated to living life on her own terms and not sending her habits, no matter how shocking, to the approval of others.
Style
Emily tries to put in power over death by denying the reality of death itself. Her unusual relationship to the dead bodies of the men she has actually liked– her necrophilia– is revealed first when her daddy dies. Not able to admit that he has actually died, Emily clings to the controlling paternal figure whose rejection and control ended up being the just– yet severe– kind of love she understood. She gives up his body just unwillingly. When Homer passes away, Emily declines to acknowledge it when again– although this time, she herself was responsible for producing the death. In killing Homer, she had the ability to keep him near her. However, Homer’s lifelessness rendered him completely remote. Emily and Homer’s monstrous marital relationship reveals Emily’s disturbing attempt to fuse life and death. However, death ultimately accomplishments.
Emily
mysterious, secretive, pitied, judged by townspeople
Homer
lower class, well liked, common sense of humor, evaluated by town
Judge Stevens
mayor, respects Emily, sprays lime on her residential or commercial property
Mr Grierson
father, controls, avoids Emily from finding a hubby, affects Emily even after his death
Tobe
servant for Emily, Emily’s lifeline to outdoors world
Death
-Emily provides into death
-tries to avoid death
-obsessed with dead bodies
Alienation
-cut off from outdoors world, social outcast, others talk and gossip about her
Custom
-neighborhood changes, Emily doesn’t
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