Significantly, in Part 4, Faulkner uses Homer Barron 's corpse rotting in a room filled with "invisible dry dust" as a symbol; Emily thought of Homer like a rose, one she expected to endure long after being picked, even after his body was corrupted by the decay of time. Hence, ‘A Rose for Emily’. Notably, Faulkner uses profound imagery to summon a decrepit atmosphere, as the theme is reiterated: accept it or not, change and decay are inevitable. This change Emily always refuses, as we have seen through her father’s death, in leaving the home untouched, and certainly through her murder of Homer to allow their relationship to continue. In this case, Emily attempts to freeze time The Theme of Change vs Decay in ‘A Rose for Emily’ by Faulkner by not acknowledging the death of her father and prospective abandonment by her suitor.
In Ross’ work, both Ann and Vickers share the common attributes of isolation; which creates deaths in their lives. Specifically, in “The Painted Door” Ann’s isolation leads to an adultery and a death of a loved one. When Steven comes to keep Ann company, her unsatisfied feelings for John, cause her to show interest in Steven, leading to an affair. While John is not present in Ann’s life, she turns to Steven when left alone: “She [is] John’s wife -she [knows]- but also she [knows] that Steven standing here was different from John” (Ross 297). Evidently, isolation causes Ann to make wrong decisions.
The main character of the story, Miss Emily Grierson, is William’s way of exemplifying this bygone way of life in a more modern era; and both Nicole and I agree that this is the main plot in the story. Throughout A Rose For Emily the idea of monuments and age are extremely prevalent as both Miss Emily and her homestead are commonly referred to as, “relic.” Even the narrator’s often disjointed accounts of the past all push towards a fond remembrance and need without a want in today’s society. “an eyesore among eyesores” Miss Emily’s house was called, that was to show that even with its cobwebs and peeling paint this building stood as a testament to an age long gone, a
A fragile victim of contempt, invasion of privacy, defamation, and rape attract one’s sympathy. In the play, A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams, sympathy towards Blanche is attained. In the play Blanche is a mentally ill Southern belle, visiting her sister Stella in hopes of starting a new life. In Laurel Blanche loses Belle Reve, being unable to finance the funerals and house one her own when Stella leaves. Upon Blanche’s encounter with Stanley, he invades Blanche’s privacy, going through Blanche’s luggage and love letters.
In spite of the fact that the narrator loves the old man, he kills him because he afraid of his blue “evil eye”. Similarly, the protagonist in “A Rose for Emily” is Emily Grierson. The house that she lives in drives her mind to inhabit it in dusty and dark. Miss Emily is a mysterious character. The impression that Miss Emily gives us about her is that she is a “necrophiliac”.
Dilworth discusses the unhealthy relationship the narrator, Faulkner, has with Emily it’s imaginary state, and how the relationship is required for both to exist, in “A Romance to Kill for: Homicidal Complicity in Faulkner’s ‘A Rose for Emily’.” Dilworth explains how the narrator and the townspeople value their southern heritage and beliefs by pressuring Emily to follow their ideas. These values and beliefs control much of the story and explain why Emily commits murder. Emily fell in love with a northerner, against the townspeople’s liking, they pretend to think she ends the relationship, therefore obeying their values. Dilworth mentions that he townspeople wanted to, “preserve the values of the old South embodied in Emily as a representative of idealized southern womanhood” (252). Emily’s life was always full of seclusion and she refuses to let her first love go.
Another such romantic tragedy is William Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” when Juliet sits with her beloved Romeo finding him dead from poison, she takes up Romeos dagger overcome with the grief and stabs herself; dying falls across Romeos body and joins him in death. We see this mostly in a younger generation who knows not fully how to handle the power of love and becomes so aggrieved that they see this as the only way to deal with the situation and are so wanting to be with the other if not in life but in death, the life after. This is depicted at the end when Juliet finds Romeo and says “What 's here? a cup, closed in my true love 's hand? Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end: O churl!
After Emily’s fathers death a man named Homer Barron walked into her life, and lest just say he wasn’t feeling the exact same way about her, or any other woman in that matter. As soon as Emily felt as if Homer didn’t feel the same because he hasn’t proposed to her she jumps into an unpredictable state of mind. Emily poisons Homer because she refuses to let him abandon her. Miss Brill I basically living a lie. She tries to avoid the fact that she is isolated.
In William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily,” Miss Emily Grierson is immediately introduced as an all-important character, pivotal to the history of the small town where she lived. The short story begins at Miss Emily’s funeral where she is described by the narrator as a “fallen monument.” A monument to what exactly? Well, perhaps to the fallen ideals of the pre-Antebellum era or even to the demise of the Old South. Faulkner continuously uses Miss Emily to represent the old southern values that dominated the South in order to bring to light the cultural shift that occurred after the Civil War. During Miss Emily’s adolescent years, she and her father lived an aristocratic lifestyle amongst the esteemed members of Jefferson.
Not even a minute ago, they wish Miss Emily to kill herself and now they want to help her by getting the town’s minister and her two cousins to talk to her about Homer and set things right, which shows that there is also a part of town that has sympathy and care for Emily and not just the sardonic and pitiful part (Faulkner 86). Furthermore, the narrator’s embodiment of “we” seems to highlight Miss Emily’s inability to adapt and function as a Southern woman in a rapidly changing world. According to Alice Robertson’s “The Ultimate Voyeur: The Communal Narrator of "A Rose for Emily...," the addition of multiple generations among the townspeople create “a comprehensive milieu depicting shifts in postwar Southern culture” (159). For instance, Miss Emily avoids the law when she refuses to have numbers attached to her house when federal mail service arrived at her residence, which reveals her uneasiness and discomfort towards change. Ultimately, the employment of first person plural presents readers with a wider perspective and a better understanding of Faulkner’s story, also making it more suspenseful and an adventure to