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Author William Faulkner foreshadows much of the events that occur in "A Rose for Emily," particularly through the use of flashbacks. He begins in the first paragraph when, in mentioning Emily's funeral, he shows the women of Jefferson's "curiosity to see the inside of her house." The curiosity that Faulkner introduces about "the smell" pervades throughout the story. The stench that surrounds the property is much too strong to be a dead rat, but the townspeople (and the reader) can not be expected to assume the true cause. Emily's refusal to allow her father's body to be removed from the house for three days following his death foreshadows the presence of Homer's own body in the bedroom. Another strong example of foreshadowing appears when Emily purchases arsenic--strong enough to "kill anything up to an elephant"--to kill rats (or, in this case, the rat, Homer, who spurns her wedding advances). The fact that Homer is seen entering Emily's house but never leaving is another example.
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