Faulkner uses a number of Gothic elements throughout the short story "A Rose for Emily." How do these elements advance the plot and establish the atmosphere?

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In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, Faulkner uses several Gothic elements to create an eerie feeling. In general, Gothic writers imbue their stories with horror, death, and gloom, and these features are all present in A Rose for Emily.

Specifically, the author establishes a morbid atmosphere. First, the story commences with a death and an allusion to a funeral and cemetery. At the opening, Miss Emily Grierson has recently died. In the second paragraph, the author writes:

And now Miss Emily had gone to join the representatives of those august names where they lay in the cedar-bemused cemetery among the ranked and anonymous graves of Union and Confederate soldiers who fell at the battle of Jefferson.

Further on when Faulkner describes Miss Emily’s death, Faulkner says:

And so she died. Fell ill in the house filled with dust and shadows….She died in one of the downstairs rooms, in a heavy walnut bed with a curtain, her gray head propped on a pillow yellow and moldy with age and lack of...

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