Character Analysis Of Emily Grierson In A Rose For Emily

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In his short story, “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner describes how Emily Grierson became an enigmatic mystery in Jefferson, a small Southern town in the United States of America. Although he suggests people in Jefferson have their own idea of who Emily was and why she behaved so strangely, her entire existence was a puzzle for the townspeople to piece together. This story is divided into five parts. In part one, the author opens at the time of protagonist Emily Grierson 's death, and he reveals part of the reason she died alone: Emily 's father had turned down most of Emily 's suitors. In part two, Faulkner further elaborates upon the collective pity the town felt for Emily once her father died. All her father had left behind was the…show more content…
Regarding complexity, a character can be round or flat; in this case, Emily is a round character. According to Pacheco and Meyers, “round characters are those fictitious beings which the reader can readily visualize because the writer has provided them with a number of qualities and traits” (42). In “A Rose for Emily,” the character of Emily Grierson is an illustration of round characterization. From the beginning, the author offers the reader not only a clear physical description of Emily, but also some of her most dominant character traits:
The day after his death all the ladies prepared to call at the house and offer condolence and aid, as is our custom. Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face. She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her, and the doctors, trying to persuade her to let them dispose of the body. Just as they were about to resort to law and force, she broke down, and they buried her father quickly (Faulkner 3).
This attitude suggests Emily may have had a fetish for dead people. That is, the reader may consider Emily to be a necrophiliac because of this event. Besides, at the end of the short story, the reader realizes Emily kept her lover’s corpse in her
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