Help Choosing an Essay Theme"Write an essay on one aspect of A Rose for Emily."  That is my assignment for my short story English class. What aspect would be my best choice?

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The best choice is something you are interested in to begin with--otherwise the assignment will not be enjoyable and your final product will be lackluster.  What interests you the most about Emily?  If it is the effects of her father and his way of living on her life, then pursue it.  There are so many other aspects in the story, though.  Take a look at the summary, themes, style, and historical context sections of the this story at eNotes.  Don't forget to read the critical analysis, too.  There are a plethora of ideas here and you are sure to find something that strikes your fancy.  Good Luck!

Great point-- do something that you think is interesting! This will make it much easier to write, and you will surely get a better grade.

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The best choice is something you are interested in to begin with--otherwise the assignment will not be enjoyable and your final product will be lackluster.  What interests you the most about Emily?  If it is the effects of her father and his way of living on her life, then pursue it.  There are so many other aspects in the story, though.  Take a look at the summary, themes, style, and historical context sections of the this story at eNotes.  Don't forget to read the critical analysis, too.  There are a plethora of ideas here and you are sure to find something that strikes your fancy.  Good Luck!

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This is one of my favorite stories of ALL time and I make my students write about so many elements of it; for example...

Symbols:  Some symbols in the story are the home, the arsenic, Miss Emily, her loyal servant Tobe, to name a few!

Imagery:  Discuss how the imagery in the story is indicative of a Gothic story.

Character analysis:  Analyze the character of Miss Emily and her inability to change.

These are just a few good ones to consider. :-)

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The book is full of aspects, one that has proved popular and easy to write about in the past is the aspect of the South. How is this specifically a Southern American story? What about Emily and the other characters is specifically Southern.

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For example, as Emily grows older, the house grows more rundown. Look closely at how the narrator describes both of them.

At the top of this page, click on the Question and Answer tab for all the questions that have already been asked. Also, at the top of the page, click on Home to get all the conversations on the Discussion Board. Other editors have done wonderful jobs of explaining themes in this story.

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Look at some of the questions that have already been asked in the "Rose for Emily" group for ideas and suggestions. You could write about how Emily and house mirror each other. You could write about how the narrator builds suspense. You can find all sorts of topics in this story.

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My professor said thatthe best idea would bethe effects on her life due to her father.

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You mean how emily and the house resemble eachother? What do you mean by that?

Example? 

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