As time moves forward, we can do nothing but change with time. How can one possibly dwell in the past and live in the present? In the short story, “A Rose for Emily,” by William Faulkner, the author describes Emily Grierson as someone who is reluctant to face reality. She lives a depressing and solitary life after her well-known and honorable father deceased. Although her father’s death had changed her life, Emily is unable to let go of the past and is unwilling to accept any form of change.
"Show these gentlemen out.” So she vanquished them, horse and foot, just as she had vanquished their fathers thirty years before about the smell.” (Faulkner 125). Here, Emily behaves abnormally to acknowledge her responsibilities as a citizen, thus suffers a mental condition. As of a result, society fears of Emily as perceives her an irresponsible
When she told the men to see Colonel Sartoris, she was not aware that “Colonel Sartoris had been dead for almost ten years” (452) at that point. Emily kept her house the same way it had always been and was letting it decay while she stayed in it. She refused to clean or change the house at all to preserve it in the Old South. She did not want to accept the death of other people. When Emily’s father died, she refused the town from taking his body and burying it.
While Emily is alive the story tells the readers about how the world around Emily is changing and evolving but she refuses to keep up with the new ways. For example, in the story it talks about the town and receiving mail. The story says, “Emily refused to let them fasten metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox.” (#) The town can see what lengths Emily went through to remain isolated from the changing world. If Faulkner had put the story in Emily’s point of view it wouldn’t have the same
The reader have to read between the lines if he wants to know why did she stay alone, why did not she like any changes or why did she kill her sweetheart. The narrator, it seems it is the town or more precisely people in the town, watch Emily´s life from a distance from the outside world. Her life is not visible for the outside people except her loyal servant. The narrator is not allowed to come to her closer. As a consequence of many events Emily became some kind of an icon in this small town.
Faulkner’s story demonstrates totally different plot: there is an own main character, her mental disorder and its consequences for the society. In the case of Emily Grierson the problem appeared to be in the inherited disorder, as “people in our town, remembering how old lady Wyatt, her great-aunt, had gone completely crazy at last” (Faulkner 4); and the citizens’ attitude. Miss Emily felt a pressure from people because of own origins and behavior; and these conditions finally made her to kill Homer Barron, an only potential opportunity for marriage after her father’s death. After the crime Miss Emily was not able to get rid of the body and continued to live with it until her own death. It looked like Baron became the only victim of the character’s madness here.
Faulkner immediately sets up his narrator as a member of the community in the first line of the story, saying that when Miss Emily died “our whole town went to her funeral.” Although it’s never directly explained, it appears as though the narrator is an older member of the town. This is demonstrated in statements like “the next generation, with its more modern ideas;” because the narrator does not say “with our more modern ideas” he makes it clear that he is not one of the younger members of the community. Never
A Wife Works Twenty-Four Hours A Day While reading “I Want a Wife” by Judy Brady and “My Mother Never Worked” by Bonnie Smith-Yackel, I can see that there are similarities and differences in the stories. Both essay describe the day to day responsibilities, and tasks performed by the wife or should I say the stay at home wife. Judy Brady uses the catchphrase “I want a wife” throught out her essay with a sarcastic tone. Bonnie Smith –Yackel in “My Mother Never Worked” is remembering her mother with the feelings of disdelief of how society views a stay at home wife. While some differences between “My Mother Never Worked” and “I Want a Wife” are evident, the similarities are noticeable.
This story is considered as Gothic. Gothic literature includes elements that include Horror and Humanity. The high level of literary horror in ‘A Rose for Emily’ is so monstrous it is magnificent, presenting a purity of unreasonableness that no reader can resist. Miss Emily is a mysterious monument of the town of Jefferson: a mystifying remainder of a bygone family and a bygone era. An unnamed narrator describes the strange circumstances of Emily’s life and her strange relationships with her father, her lover, and the horrible mystery
The narrator begins to recall a time about thirty years earlier when after her father died, Emily had a mental breakdown and refused to acknowledge his death. Later on Homer Barron comes into town with his crew to build sidewalks and she falls in love. However, when it comes time for him to leave town, she does something to make sure he’ll never leave her. She goes to buy some arsenic and when questioned what its for she claims it’s for rats. So one night Homer enters the Grierson house and is never to be seen again.