Starting from the end, the narrator keeps making different flashbacks and leaps in time. It almost seems as if he time jumps, every time he remembers a new (old) detail/part of the story. An example for this is how he jumps from the city’s attempt to get Emily to pay taxes, yet suddenly we find ourselves reading about an episode thirty years prior: the city leaders are trying to fight off the smell of decay around Emily’s house. These jumps make it somewhat difficult (yet also exciting) for the reader to reassemble the event in our minds.
In his short story, “A Rose for Emily,” William Faulkner intends to convey a message to his audience about the unwillingness in human nature to accept change and more specifically the secretive tendencies of aristocrats in the South during the early 20th century. In order to do this, Faulkner sets up a story in which he isolates and old aristocratic woman, Miss Emily, from her fellow townspeople and proceeds to juxtapose her lifestyle with theirs. In doing this he demonstrates her stubborn refusal to change along with the town, but also Among several literary devices the author employs to achieve this contrast, Faulkner sets up his narrator as a seemingly reliable, impartial and knowledgeable member of the community in which Miss Emily lives by using a first person plural, partially omniscient point of view. The narrator is present for all of the scenes that take place in the story, but does not play any role in the events, and speaks for the town as a whole. Faulkner immediately sets up his narrator as a member of the community in the first line of the story, saying that when Miss Emily died “our whole town went to her funeral.” Although it’s never directly explained, it appears as though the narrator is an older member of the town.
The house, which once used to be very elegant, was decorated in the style of the seventies and now became an unpleasant sight to the neighborhood. Her house was the only house left on the block “lifting its stubborn and coquettish decay above the cotton wagons and the gasoline pumps.” The house symbolizes Emily’s disinclination to modernize. Another instance when Emily showed resistance to change is when the town developed free postal delivery. Emily “refused to let them fasten the metal numbers above her door and attach a mailbox to it.” The town was advancing with new ideas and as the next generation took charge, they required everyone to pay taxes, even Emily. Still rooted in the past, Emily tells them to go see Colonel Sartoris who relieved her from paying taxes.
“A Rose for Emily” is a unique short story that keeps the reader guessing even though its first sentence already reveals the majority of the content. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is the epitome of a work that follows an unconventional plot structure and a non-linear timeline, but this method of organization is intentional, as it creates suspense throughout the story. William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” follows an unusual plot structure, which creates an eccentric application of suspense to a short story. Throughout the story, there are no clear indications of standard plot structure in each section, such as intro, climax, and denouement. Instead, there are sections, which are not in chronological order, that describe a particular conflict or event, which in turn creates suspense, as each conflict builds upon each other to make the reader question the overall context and organization of the story.
A stereotype that often presents itself in the African-American community is that the patriarchal figure of the household usually abandons his family and takes no responsibility for his actions. However, in August Wilson’s play Fences, the protagonist Troy Maxson decimates any preconceived notion of the African-American man. Although he had a tumultuous childhood which, to an extent, limits him to communicate with his wife and children, Troy manages to win small victories against a universe that doesn’t want to see him win. Troy’s life is set in the backdrop of a racist America in the 1960s, a microcosm of the unjust society which August Wilson attempts to explicate. The legacy of the protagonist, Troy Maxson, should be honored rather than discarded on account of his unwavering loyalty to his family and moral code.
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. This sets the stage for his daughter loneliness. Throughout William Faulkner’s “a rose for Emily” he uses the house, Emily’s hair, and the rose to portray change and decay. The house in which she lives with her father embodies decay and was like a prison in which she was locked and suitor bared from accessing her. The house was their family monument, a representation of the old south depicting bet of the days gone and how change gradually took place (Magher, 2018).
Lèonce Pontellier shows a lack of interest and enthusiasm for Edna and her hobbies. When Lèonce say’s ‘“What folly! To bathe at such an hour in such heat.”’(Chopin 2) you are able to see Lèonce has a degree of frustration built up for his wife, Edna. ‘“You are burnt beyond recognition,” he added, looking at his wife as one looks at a valuable piece of personal property
[the old waiter] as well as many of Hemingway’s other fictional heroes discover that by not thinking they can avoid the emotional pain associated with those thoughts” (1996:203); that is why the man needs a café open late at night. “A Short Happy Life of Francis Macomber” is described as a tale which definitely questions morality. There is Francis who is actually the weakest from the characters. His wife is the one who want to dictate rules. Their marriage is a perfect example of a relation-ship without proper communication.
When reading a novel, the reader’s attention is not always drawn to the concept of time. Usually, time is just presumed or indicated casually, without any particular attention being drawn to it. However, in Virginia Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, the theme of time is of primary importance in the novel. In Mrs. Dalloway, one does not just encounter one form of time, but instead faces the concepts of time on the clock and time in the mind, as well as the discrepancies between the two. In this paper, it will be argued that in Mrs. Dalloway, Woolf was concerned with the differences between the objective physical clock which measures time, and the time measured by the subjective human consciousness in relation to experiences registered throughout an individual’s lifetime.
Another monumental realist novel by Lev Tolstoy, Anna Karenina, has an aristocratic protagonist of the same name who despises the conventions and constraints of the society that is embodied by her husband. Also some works that have a member of nobility as their protagonist only does so to criticize or satirize him/her. For example, in Oblomov, Ivan A. Goncharov’s protagonist, Ilya Oblomov struggles in arranging his wedding because he is too lazy to get out of his bed and he ends up marrying an old widow only because she would cook and clean for