The town thought she was odd, but she was suffering from depression. She was alone, she was humiliated by the town, she had to hide away because she was not able to cope. In Tim O’Brien’s article he states, “After her death, Emily is reunited with the other members of her southern class …”, which means, in death, with the people she loved she will no longer be alone” (O’Brien
This story applies to the Feminist Criticism because the relationship with Emily and any male figure in her life is dependent. Also, this short story displays a society completely dominated by males. Moreover, Emily in the text is presented as isolated, a life she lives due to her father’s controlling ways, this shows her as dependent and feeble minded for continuing this unhappy way of life based on a man’s jurisdictions. Faulkner, in A Rose For Emily, states, “That was two years after her father’s death and a short time after her sweetheart— the one we believed would marry her—had deserted her. After her father’s death she went out very little; after her sweet heart went away, people hardly saw her at all.
Is suicide ever the answer? Even though suicide is a permanent solution to temporary problems, sometimes it’s the only sense of control that a person has left over their own life. The protagonist of Kate Chopin’s “The Awakening”, Edna Pontellier, disobeys completely the paradigms that defined her society set in the 19th century. In an era where women were oppressed and expected to give themselves to their families, Edna failed to find a place in that society and escaped by means of suicide. Society is a strong force that molded Edna as a woman, but through her suicide, she was finally able to escape its grasp.
“A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is written about the change from old South to new South and Emily refuses to accept the changes by living in her own version of reality. An analysis of William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” will explain how Faulkner portrays the change in the social structure of the American South in the early twentieth century as a change from old South to new South by showing the Griersons no longer hold power, the changes in the town, and Emily’s denial to change. In the new South the Griersons no longer hold power. Emily believes that her family still holds the power that they had in the old south, so she never payed her taxes. When the men came and asked her about her taxes, she said “See Colonel Sartoris.
Anse Bundren is the father of the Bundren family, but what we can gather from other viewpoints in the book is that he is a very lazy and uneducated man. Before Addie dies Anse promises her to bury her in her hometown of Jefferson and once she dies nothing seems to stop Anse from finishing this takes. Him getting her to Jefferson to be buried seems to be Anse’s way on coping with her death and almost like his last duty to her. Floods, broken bones, and not even fire could stop him from finishing his task. Although not even twenty-four hours after Anse buried Addie he went out and found another wife at the end of the book.
Symbolism is not just the mere idea of an item or person, but it is inherent to the current and past experiences one goes throughout his or her lives. In like manner, William Faulkner, an American writer who wrote “A Rose for Emily”, embodies his past experiences of fighting in the civil war to the notions of the Old South and its decomposing values symbolically in his short story. Moreover, “A Rose for Emily”, reveals the Southern gothic horror that Faulkner was trying to recapture by setting the stage with its eerie atmospheres that mainly revolve around the aesthetic of dark, dreary, and decay. Nevertheless, to his advantage, Faulkner uses the bleak atmosphere he created to enhance the plot and meaning by creating symbolism within the story. Examples of this are Emily’s house, the representation of Emily, the deaths of the loved ones in Emily 's life, and the symbolism of the title itself.
Throughout life, a person can bear so much pain that can whirl its way into becoming a heart breaking tragedy. “We did not say she was crazy then. We believed she had to do that.” (302) “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner is about a girl named Emily Grierson who faces a tragedy, leading to the unraveling of her life. Emily’s father has died and she has to worry about paying taxes when she was originally told they were not her problem. After mourning for her dead father she meets a boy named Homer Barron, and Emily begins to like him.
Foreshadowing often appears at the beginning of a story, or a chapter, and helps the reader develop expectations about the coming events in a story. William’s stories include virtues of the the Old South, which take a look at tragic flaw of slavery, and this sparked many of his stories. The Old South was an adherence to the code of chivalry and a belief in natural superiority of the white aristocracy. Throughout his stories, Faulkner contrats notions of the Old South and its decaying values with the newer ideas of the New South. Beginning the story, Faulkner explains how a terrible smell starts to conjure up from Miss Emily Grierson’s house.
The Civil War swept away the lifestyle for which Scarlett was raised, and Southern society fell into ruin. Scarlett became the pillar of her family and ‘Tara’ plantation. She had to be harden to protect her relatives, servants and the Wilkes. So as to make sure that the family would survive and not lose their home like other Georgians, Scarlett became money-conscious and more materialistic. She even got married to her sister’s fiancé to have money.
When Miss Emily Grierson died, the whole town went to the funeral. Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care, a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town, dating back from that day in 1894. Emily did not have a strong relationship with her community. Emily 's father would not let her marry. She had a relationship with an old lover.