Theme Of Horror In William Faulkner's A Rose For Emily

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Even before we see the forty-year-old corpse of Homer Barron rotting into the bed, the creepy house, and the creepy Miss Emily let us know that we are in the realm of horror that is known as gothic fiction. The author of ‘A Rose for Emily’ William Faulkner was born in 1897 and died in 1962. He grew up in Mississippi, which he uses as the setting for many of his novels and short stories. In his work he tackles issues such as race, gender, and class, as you 'll notice in 'A Rose for Emily, ' which was published in 1931. 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…show more content…
The woman not only took away her lover’s life, she also kept the dead body in her house. As a result, I understand that she punished him by eternal life with her. Emily had a husband for her own. While reading this story, I witnessed that Emily was not afraid of dying. The death made an agreement with Emily which was based on life for life principle. Emily had to give her own freedom and personality. The author shows how death can reveal human secrets and mysteries and change indifference into sympathy. Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is a story of a woman who has killed her lover and lain for years beside his decaying body. “A Rose for Emily’’ is trivial in its horror and is a psychopathological case story which is able to interest readers. I feel that the horror is meaningful in this
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