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Here are few topics that I always touch on when having a discussion with my classes.
- Who is the narrator? How do you know?
- What is the significance of the stream of consciousness narration style?
- Can you put the story into a logical chronological order? Use the dates mentioned to discover Faulkner's time-line.
- What is the significance of Emily's relationship with her father in regards to what happens with Homer?
- What evidence is there of a generation gap in the town?
- What is the significance of the title?
- What is the logic of the five section division of the story?
- How do the five adjectives used to describe Miss Emily in part 4 relate to the five sections?
- What is the significance of the detail that the hair found on the pillow is long and iron gray?
- Discuss the theme of the Old South vs. the New South as represented my the people of Miss Emily's generation and the new generation.
- Why does the town feel that Homer is not suitable for Miss Emily?
- What do you understand of Toby? Why does he stay? Why does he leave?
- How is the story fit the Gothic tradition?
- What is the significance of the mention of Old Lady Wyatt and Miss Emily's cousins?
- Can you understand and/or justify Miss Emily's actions?
This story is rich in details and never fails to engage its reader. You should have no problem having a great discussion!
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