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What is the intention of Faulkner in "A Rose for Emily"?
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There are two purposes which Faulkner accomplishes in this work. First of all, it is just one of a number of stories that elaborates on the events of Jefferson, Mississipi, Faulkner's fictional town within the fictional county of Yoknapatawpha. In these stories, Faulkner details the lives of several characters, such as Colonel Sartoris, during different time periods. These stories all tie together to establish a fictional history of the towns and peoples he has created. "A Rose for Emily" can stand alone, but it is also apart of this history.
Secondly, Faulkner has created a story with universal themes such as unrequitted love, death, the effects of the passage of time, family, individual vs. society, etc. These themes cause this work to be timeless - one that various generations are interested in because of it's universal appeal. Each generation can see something that relates to them within the story.
Posted by cmcqueeney on November 4, 2007 at 11:33 PM (Answer #1)
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