What are some Gothic features in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"?

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William Faulkner's celebrated short story "A Rose for Emily" is considered a work of Southern gothic literature, which was a movement inspired by classical gothic literature and came into its own in the early twentieth century. Southern gothic literature incorporates unsettling characters, who are typically outsiders, and does not solely rely on sensational elements to build suspense like traditional gothic stories. Instead, Southern gothic writers focused on the psychology of mentally disturbed characters to explore their antisocial behaviors and examine the effects of oppression and isolation while simultaneously incorporating grotesque, shocking elements in their stories. By creating a disturbing tale about a psychologically-damaged spinster, Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily" is considered a seminal work of the subgenre.

Miss Emily Grierson is the epitome of a Southern gothic heroine. She is a mentally ill woman who is considered an outsider in the ever-changing Jefferson...

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Last Updated by eNotes Editorial on January 23, 2020