A Rose for Emily by William FaulknerIn A Rose for Emily, Despite the story's confusing sequence, many events are foreshadowed i was told. please give some examples from the story of foreshadowing...

A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner

In A Rose for Emily, Despite the story's confusing sequence, many events are foreshadowed i was told. please give some examples from the story of foreshadowing as i must be missing it.  where does the exposition end and the movement toward the story's climax begin?

Where does the resolution stage begin? Emily is clearly the story's protagonist. In the sense that he opposes her wishes, Homer is the antagonist. What other characters or what larger forces are in conflict with Emily as well ?

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carol-davis eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The story is divided into five sections.  Each section gives portions of the story, but not in chronological order.  In the first section of the story, you learn that Emily Grierson has died.  The rest of the story until the last section fills in the blanks of her life. 

Section II=

A smell develops around her house.  The men of the town use lime to kill the smell.  Her father dies when she is about 30 years old.  We learn that Emily does not face death well.  You also learn that there has been insanity in her family.

Section III=

Homer Barron comes to town from the north.  An announced homosexual, he squires Emily around in a buggy on Sunday.  The town gossip about it.  

Emily buys arsenic from the pharmacist.

Section IV=

The women gossip about Homer and Emily.  They hope that they will get married to save her good name. Her cousins come from Alabama to talk to her and help her.  The women send the Baptist minister to talk to her.  All of which comes to nothing.

Emily bought a men's toiletry set and nightshirt embroidered with HB.

Homer was seen going into Emily's backdoor, let in by Tobe, her servant.

Homer was never seen again.  Emily was not seen either for several years. When she was seen again, she was fat and her hair had turned gray.

Section V

After the funeral all of the women and men show up at the house to snoop around. They all have known about the upstairs bedroom.  They break down the door, discovering a skeleton that had been there for over 40 years.  On the pillow beside Homer's corpse was a gray hair. Emily captured her man forever. 

William Faulkner felt sorry for his character.  He named the story giving Miss Emily a much deserved rose because of her sad life.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In response to the last question asked on this discussion proposal, Emily is in conflict with the culture of the Old South.  As a young woman, Emily has suitors rejected by the patriarch, whose crayon portraiture looms over her even after his death. Lost in this Old South, time has passed Emily by. Thus, her efforts to recapture are perverted as she must accept a Yankee laborer as a suitor, and even he tries to leave her, so in desperation she poisons the man rather than relive her youthful shame.

e-martin eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Homer, Emily's beau, dies in the story and his corpse is found in a bed upstairs in Emily's house. His death is foreshadowed, rather obliquely, by Emily's purchase of rat poison. 

A more obvious use of foreshadowing concerns Emily's own death. The story opens with news of Emily's death, then goes back to tell of her life. We know from the beginning that the character we come to know is going to die. 

bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The "smell" that develops is certainly an example of foreshadowing, though it turns out to be the rotting body of Homer and not just a dead rat. Emily's descent into mental instability is foreshadowed by the knowledge that it ran in her family--that her great aunt had gone "crazy at last."

litteacher8 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Also, the fact that Homer dies in bed foreshadows Emily ending up alone.  In other words, Home is not going to be in her bed, and this leads to the metaphorically idea that no one is going to be in her bed, and thus she will not marry.

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