A Rose for Emily Questions and Answers
by William Faulkner

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 Explain the character Emily in "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner.  

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 “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner takes place in Mississippi.  The story spans the seventy-four years of the main character’s life [before, during and after the Civil War].

Faulkner uses two unusual elements in the story: a fractured time frame and a first person narrator who seems to know almost everything about the main character.  The intrigue and twists and turns in the story keep the reader on guard to know what will happen next since the rising and falling action are not in the right sequence, and the story ends with the climax

It is usual for a murderer to be a the protagonist in the story; however, Miss Emily Grierson is the protagonist and an “Old South” southern belle.  Her father kept her from finding happiness with a man because he would not allow her to have a boyfriend. Emily was very much alone while she was with her father.  He controlled her completely until his death and even from the grave. Her life had been so separated from the rest of...

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