I need a good thesis for the foreshadowing in the story, "A Rose for Emily". I am having trouble wording mine.  The examples of foreshadowing I have chosen are finding the body of Homer...

I need a good thesis for the foreshadowing in the story, "A Rose for Emily". I am having trouble wording mine. 

The examples of foreshadowing I have chosen are finding the body of Homer Barron and Emily's declining mental state. 

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You need to decide first what you want to say about the foreshadowing in the story. You also might want to consider events that occur earlier in the story than finding Homer's body. You could only use that if your thesis deals with foreshadowing that points to Emily sleeping beside Homer's corpse all these years. Emily's declining mental state is broad, and you would need again to give specific examples that show how Emily's mental state led to her keeping Homer's body with her.

I'm going to assume that you're writing about the events that foreshadow the gruesome discovery at the end of the story of a strand of Emily's hair beside Homer's corpse. You could start with a simple statement of what foreshadowing is: Foreshadowing creates an expectation of what will happen at a later time in a work of literature. You could also start with a specific reference to the title, author, and foreshadowing: In "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner, foreshadowing is used to prepare the reader for what will happen at the end of the story.

You might consider using some of the following for examples of foreshadowing found in the story: Emily won't allow anyone to take her father's corpse when he dies for three days; the smell from Emily's house; the description of Emily herself and her house.

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