Although her father’s death had changed her life, Emily is unable to let go of the past and is unwilling to accept any form of change. When her father passed away, Emily was in the state of denial. She didn’t believe her father was dead. The day after his death, the townspeople gathered at her house to show sympathy and “Miss Emily met them at the door, dressed as usual and with no trace of grief on her face.” She showed no signs of sorrow and “she
When she told the men to see Colonel Sartoris, she was not aware that “Colonel Sartoris had been dead for almost ten years” (452) at that point. Emily kept her house the same way it had always been and was letting it decay while she stayed in it. She refused to clean or change the house at all to preserve it in the Old South. She did not want to accept the death of other people. When Emily’s father died, she refused the town from taking his body and burying it.
A significant virtue Homer’s story covers is the importance of loyalty. The most notable exudation of loyalty is when Odysseus’ wife, Penelope, waits faithfully for ten years for the return of her husband. While many others tell her that Odysseus was most likely dead and that she should move on, she ignores them and never loses hope. She also concocts a clever scheme so she does not have to remarry. Saying that she would remarry once she finishes making a burial shroud for her late father-in-law, Laёrtês, she undoes the stitches every night so she would never finish, hence never remarry.
Faulkner uses Miss Emily, Homer Barron, and the town of Jefferson to symbolize progression in the South. Miss Emily, who represents a “monument” to the townspeople, is a member of the Grierson family, who are wealthy and highly respected. She is a traditionalist throughout the story, and does not progress or modernize. Even when she finds herself falling into poverty she still manages to retain her aristocratic manner, and when the town felt as though she was a “hereditary obligation upon” them Miss Emily still would not “have accepted charity”. “As the last Grierson” Miss Emily upholds her father’s wishes of not becoming romantically involved with anyone of a lower class, although the
The living legacy of the United States Civil War is a complicated time in American history one finds difficult to describe. The ramification of the war prior, during and after still haunt the current citizens who call The States their home. Tony Horwitz’s book Confederates in the Attic: Dispatches from the Unfinished Civil War looks at the wide gap of discontent that still looms in the late 1990s. For some southerners, the Confederacy still lives on through reenactments, stories and beliefs. For others in the South, reminders the land was dedicated to the Confederacy spark hatred and spite.
Morrison writes about the issues of post-Civil War and the issues Sethe and her family faces in the cruel times of slavery. She is not afraid to express and learn about her history as an African American woman, and the struggle that the characters face. Toni Morrison is an African American author, novelist, editor, and professor. Toni Morrison was born on February 18, 1931, in Lorain, Ohio. She was the second child out of four, and her parents were George and Ramah Wofford.
Kate Chopin, a short story and novel writer of American Literature, was born in 1851 and died in 1904. Her writing career began by the early 1890’s after her husband died and as a result of his death she lost their all property. She lived in an important time period, because in those years, her surroundings were hosting both anti-slavery movements and the Women’s Movement. In general, she focused on women’s lives and their struggles to build an identity for themselves in Southern society of the late 19th century through her literary works.
Mackenzie Miller Mrs. Keeling English 101 January 15th 2018 “A Rose for Emily” Literary Analysis William Faulkner was a 1900’s author. His novels and short stories were set in Yoknapatawpha County, a fictional county based in Mississippi. In one of his stories “A Rose for Emily” Faulkner displayed several examples of an literary analysis. In the story Emily Grierson has recently passed away. The narrator begins to recall a time about thirty years earlier when after her father died, Emily had a mental breakdown and refused to acknowledge his death.
“Dead? Grandfather couldn’t be dead” (Anderson 147). And she didn’t stop trying to look for her mother she never gave up even when faced with adversity. “I was alone; Grandfather was dead and Mother missing. I had survived the fever but still felt weak” (Anderson 156).
A rose for Emily is a symbolic short story about love and death that depicts Emily’s life and the life of the old South. Murder, necrophilia and gradual decay of the old south are used in the story to symbolize Emily’s life, to be similar to that of the South after it was defeated in the civil war. She loved the dead, and her life became desperate, her love for Homer made her murder him ending up sleeping with his corpse for years just so she would not lose him. She was not happy; the same way a plantation life withers dies and becomes a memory, she faded from real life, even though she was still living physically, everything that mattered in her life had passed away. The way Emily 's father stands in the doorway is described as "Amid the pointing and the horror, the clean flame.” Her father stood by the door’s path blocking Emily’s would be suitors from accessing her because he believed they were not good enough for her daughter.
The Final Chapter of William’s “Help Me Find My People,” elaborates on the feelings freed slaves felt reuniting with loved one. After the civil war, many of the free slaves sought out to find missing sons, daughters, wives and husbands. The chapter includes slaves describing their experiences of meeting their loved ones for the first time again as jubilant and unexpected. Mothers searched for their children, wives for husbands and siblings for one another. Consequently, the hardest part of the search was finding that their relatives have remarried, died, or simply did not remember who they were.