Death In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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William Cuthbert Faulkner was an American writer from Oxford, Mississippi. Faulkner was an author of short stories, poetry, essays, screenplays, and a play. He was born on September 25, 1897 and died on July 6, 1962. Faulkner had many famous novels such as “The Reivers” and “The Sound and the Fury”. His most famous work is “A Rose For Emily”. “A Rose For Emily” is about an elderly women who just passed away, nobody in the town ever associated the novel with her. Faulkner unfolds her life through hints, elements of foreshadowing, and symbolism. At the end of the story, the reader discovers Miss Emily 's dark side. She killed her lover and kept his dead body in her house for years. Faulkner 's style differs from other writers because he uses current details in his stories to recall past or future actions. He also compares character to object, making the object symbolize the character. Using many themes to further explain his novels, death is paramount. Faulkner enjoyed writing stories that took place in the Southern parts of America, post Civil War in the fictional town of Yoknapatawpha County. This was based where Faulkner lived most of his life in Lafayette County, Mississippi. Change is a major theme in “A Rose For Emily”. “Change is Miss Emily’s enemy, so she refuses to acknowledge it, whether that change is the death of her father, the arrival of tax bills, the decay of her house”(Mosby 1). Her father 's death was by far the most detrimental change that further

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