William Faulkner’s inclusion of death reflects his writing skills. According to Larry Levinger’s article “Prophet Faulkner,” published in 2000, “William Faulkner spoke to the violence and disorder of our time.” Levinger’s article reflects the viewpoint from which most of society saw Faulkner’s writing in this era in which he was considered dark and extreme. Levinger adds “Faulkner’s characters violate the rules of decency and honor.” The indication that there is a dead body tempts our imaginations into wondering if there really
Well-known author, William Faulkner, in A Rose For Emily, recounts the life of a woman named Emily. Faulkner uses various rhetorical strategies to convey his dark and dreary theme regarding Emily. These strategies include tone, characterization, and foreshadowing. Faulkner’s effective use of these strategies dramatically intensify the reader’s understanding of his theme regarding Emily’s isolation and resistance to change. Faulkner uses characterization to exhibit Emily’s isolation and resistance to change.
Also through the unique setting of Emily’s home that displays her isolation from the town. Lastly Faulkner illustrates isolation through his imagery and description found throughout the story.Faulkner uses these key qualities to make Emily and her isolation in the short story, “A Rose for Emily”. Emily's character isolates herself which causes her to be in denial when in contact with the townspeople. On one occasion right after her father died Faulkner says, “She told them that her father was not dead. She did that for three days, with the ministers calling on her,
Town’s People point of view in “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner chooses a unique way to tell the story; instead of using singular pronoun, he prefers to use the first plural pronoun. In concrete terms, he refers to the town’s people point of view. The town’s people either pity Emily or judge her actions. Sometimes it is hard to distinguish either they are admiring Emily for her aristocratic attitude or they are antipathy her for the smell of the house. The narrator shows a lot of characteristics of the Southern Old culture by going through the three stages of the story: Emily’s father’s death, which continues with her isolation and ends with Homer’s arrival in the town.
The family's treacherous journey to Jefferson is filled with danger and excitement, yet Faulkner gives many doses of humor throughout the novel. The characters employ themselves in outrageous acts of irony, from Addie's rejection of her most devoted son, to Anse's concern with his false teeth instead of Addie's death, to Vardaman's calling his mother a fish. This irony would not have been evident if it were not for Faulkner's use of multiple narrators. Faulkner was enchanted by Freudian theories of psychology when he wrote this novel, and recounting the story through various perspectives allows the reader to understand each character's reaction. This enhanced the dark humor throughout the novel because the reader can see into each family member's thoughts on her death.
Love can be damaging, and despite society’s common perceptions, it can affect individuals’ wellbeing internally, as well as externally. In the short story, “A Rose for Emily,” written by William Faulkner, the single image of a rose is subtly used in the title to portray a variety of metaphors that will be used throughout the story both figuratively and symbolically, actively illustrating the reality of love, and it’s many consequences. Faulkner uses the absence of a rose in the story to illustrate Miss Emily’s absence of love and emotion, as well as absence from society. In addition to that, he uses the idea of a ‘rose’ both figuratively, and objectively, as well as utilizing repetition of the word in portions of the text to emphasize his message. Analyzation of this short story can also reveal that Faulkner may have intended to use the history of roses’ uses and meanings to enhance the life of Miss Emily that he is attempting to portray.
In “The Ghostly Voice of Gossip in Faulkner’s “A Rose For Emily”” author Thomas Klein argues that William Faulkner’s use of an unconventional narrator enhances the story’s complicated timeline and uses examples throughout the text to propose a model as to who the narrator really is. Doing so, Klein focuses in on the reasoning to Faulkner’s claim of “A Rose For Emily” was written as a ghost story. Klein focuses on how the narrator does not claim what gender he or she is. He states that the narrator keeps the main tone of the entire text as either “we” or “our”, never identifying who they are. He expresses that the narrator never declares from what generation he or she is from.
In, “A Rose for Emily”, Faulkner skillfully utilizes imagery, foreshadowing, and symbolism to develop the theme of loneliness. For instance, Faulkner uses imagery to portray the theme of loneliness by, “She looked bloated, like a body long submerged in motionless water, and of that
I love William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily.” It contains literary devices that Faulkner uses to make the short story perfect. The three literary devices that Faulkner uses are symbolism, setting and point of view. These three literary devices are what makes it an enjoyable story to read. Symbolism is one literary device Faulkner uses and has major importance to the story. One big symbol in the story is Emily’s house.
In William Faulkner's " A Rose for Emily", Faulkner tells a story of a woman's life and death and the conflict between two eras; the Old South and the New South. Faulkner personifies the Old South as Miss Emily Grierson, the last southern bell. The young men and women of Jefferson represent the New South. Throughout the story, Faulkner uses an altered timeline to convey the struggle of the Old South versus the New South, and communicate the Old South's refusal to let go of the past and move forward into a new era. The story is set in the post-Civil War reconstruction era where two generations are colliding on letting go of the past and trying to move forward.