Learning Questions: A Rose for Emily
“A Rose for Emily” By William Faulkner Questions for Preparing: 1. How does Faulkner deal with the time in his narration of the story? Please fill the following diagram with the offered occasions according to the series of the text order. he disappearance of Homer Barron, the funeral, the problem of the odor, the death of the dad, the purchase of the poison, the visitation of the two cousins, the factor for the 2 cousins’ visit, the purchase of male’s things, the visitation of the deputation about the taxes, teaching of china-painting, the death of Emily, the funeral service (discovery of the corpse), Emily’s affair with Homer, The factor for the remission of Emily’s taxes, Emily’s refusal to let a mail box fastened on her door. [pic] 2.
What is the significance of Faulkner’s method of dealing with time in the story? 3. What is the result of the use of the pronoun “we” and “they” by the storyteller? 4. What are the organizational patterns of the story? 5. What is the relation in between the comic elements and the melancholy or stunning components of the story? 6. What intentions can you credit to Emily for her killing of Homer Barron? How are these motives connected to the themes? 7. What are the main themes? 8. What is the significance of the story? Regards to narration:
Circuitous narration: the narration starts from today and after that returns to the near present, and gradually even more back to the remote past. From that point on, the narrative follows a roughly chronological order, and then concern the present once again. Analepsis: looking back at a past occasion. Anachrony: the discrepancy between story-order and text-order Anachronism: dislocation or disparity of temporal/spatial order Fictional sequencing associated to plot: 1) psychological sequencing: 2) chronological sequencing:; 3) presentational sequencing
Direct, consecutive organization: awareness of a story in its consecutive type. Configurational, spatial pattern: repression of time and sequence in the presentation of a mindset, ideology or concept towards an occasion or individual that is represented outside of time and will not fade and pass away with the passage of time. Teller-character: functions as a transmitter who transmits a piece of news or an information to the acceptor “the reader”. Reflector-character: functions as a witness to an action or event which is observed and felt through his eyes and mind.