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A Rose for Emily

Why did Miss Emily in "A Rose For Emily" kill Homer Barron? Miss Emily killed Homer Barron because Homer had gossiped...

Since William Faulkner (or his omniscient narrator) never reveals exactly why Emily killed Homer, we'll never know for sure what motivated her to do so. It's certainly possible to consider whether...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2011 4:20 am UTC

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From what point of view is "A Rose for Emily" told? 

The point of view is that of the town itself, told from an unnamed narrator’s perspective but sharing the town’s feelings. The point of view of the story is first person, but not the typical first...

Latest answer posted May 10, 2013 3:20 pm UTC

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Will somebody please explain the ending of "A Rose for Emily" to me? I must have not been paying attention...

At the end of the short story, the townspeople attend Miss Emily Grierson's funeral, and several curious citizens enter her home in order to clean out her possessions. The townspeople are curious...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2018 8:20 pm UTC

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What are the exposition, climax, rising action, falling action, and resolution of "A Rose for Emily"?  

Exposition: In "A Rose for Emily," Faulkner's approach is not linear, as he moves back and forth in time. Although the story begins with Miss Emily's funeral, the exposition occurs shortly...

Latest answer posted April 30, 2020 11:44 am UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily," how is Miss Emily's house symbolic?

Emily Grierson's house is an outward representation of its mistress. Emily is described early in the story as being almost like a "monument" to a time which is now in the past. Her house is one of...

Latest answer posted September 11, 2020 10:29 am UTC

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Chronological Order of "A Rose for Emily" The events in the story "A Rose for Emily" are not in chronological order....

Key to understanding Faulkner's framing of the story with the old chivalric code of the ghostly Old South's past with Part I and Part V, is his creation of a gothic horror with the gruesome details...

Latest answer posted January 20, 2013 9:43 pm UTC

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Why was Miss Emily viewed as a "fallen monument"?  

Miss Emily represents the American South as it was before the Civil War. She comes from wealth that was built on the backs of slaves, and that wealth is now gone. She is the last of the...

Latest answer posted December 22, 2015 6:54 pm UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily" what is the relationship between the individual, Miss Emily, and the community?

The community seems to be reluctant to confront her or force her to do anything largely because of the role her lineage has played in the town’s history and her defiant nature. One of the most...

Latest answer posted April 6, 2010 11:57 am UTC

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What is Emily and Homer Barron's relationship in Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily"? What happens to Homer eventually?

In "A Rose For Emily," the exact nature of Emily and Homer's relationship is not made explicitly clear. Certainly, Emily and Homer appear to like each other very much and they spend a lot of time...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2017 7:01 am UTC

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Why are the events in “A rose for Emily” not in the customary course of chronological order?

The events in "A Rose for Emily" are not in the customary course of chronological order because the author aims to instill in the reader a sense of belonging to the setting. This being said, as the...

Latest answer posted November 4, 2010 10:10 pm UTC

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What is the irony in the story "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

There is irony in the way the citizens of Jefferson criticize Miss Emily Grierson for being a Southern aristocratic and acting too far above their social class while they proceed to give her...

Latest answer posted July 3, 2019 11:28 am UTC

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A Rose For Emily Conflict

In "A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, the protagonist lives a solitary existence. There were many things that caused Emily Grierson to be alone most of her life. Miss Emily was a product of...

Latest answer posted July 21, 2013 4:24 pm UTC

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What special relationship does the town have with Emily?

The special relationship between Emily Grierson and the town is actually a rather warped, unhealthy one. Emily represents what for many people in the town is a vanished golden age, an age of fine...

Latest answer posted September 24, 2018 6:03 am UTC

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What might have been William Faulkner's purpose in writing "A Rose for Emily"?

In general, without an explicit explanation from an author of his or her purpose in writing a particular piece of literature, it is very difficult to understand with certainty the purpose or...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2012 1:23 am UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily," why didn't Ms. Emily want to pay her taxes  and get house numbers? Why did she kill Homer?

After her father dies, Emily wants to have total control over her environment. She asserts this control by insisting on stasis: she wants nothing around her to change once she has her life...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2020 10:02 pm UTC

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What is the relationship between Miss Emily and her father in "A Rose for Emily"?

The relationship between Miss Emily and her father, though rather unhealthy to modern eyes, was all too common at that time. Mr. Grierson is a domestic tyrant; what he says, goes. And woe betide...

Latest answer posted October 14, 2020 12:50 pm UTC

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What are 2 examples of foreshadowing used in the story "A Rose for Emily"?

William Faulkner's use of foreshadowing in his Gothic tale "A Rose for Emily" is arranged in a non-sequitur manner; this seems to add to the horror of the ending. Here are two examples: 1. After...

Latest answer posted May 9, 2017 5:08 am UTC

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What was Emily's relationship with her father?

Emily's relationship with her father is characterized by control and dependence. The narrator clues us in to the father's control over Emily through discussion of male suitors. The townspeople see...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2019 9:17 pm UTC

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What did the townspeople think of Miss Emily and her new boyfriend?

Initially, some of the townspeople are happy for Miss Emily when they see her with Homer Barron, who is a foreman from the North. They sympathize with Emily's difficult past and do not believe that...

Latest answer posted October 8, 2018 1:58 pm UTC

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What are the possible reasons as to why Emily killed Homer Barron in "A Rose for Emily"?

Concerning Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," a consensus exists among critics, teachers, etc., about Emily's motivation for killing Homer. Emily is obsessed with holding on to the past and avoiding...

Latest answer posted February 16, 2010 2:41 am UTC

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Why do the townspeople say "poor emily"? Why do the townspeople say "poor emily"?

Another way to look at the townspeople referring to Emily as "poor Emily" is that they did not attempt to really try to understand what was behind her strange behavior. They, in my...

Latest answer posted October 15, 2008 12:00 pm UTC

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What are some examples of Feminist Criticism in "A Rose for Emily" with evidence from the text to support them? 

In the Old South, women were thought to be like angels, first virginal and then maternal—innocent, self-effacing, and hospitable. They were set apart, revered, and put on pedestals, but what can...

Latest answer posted December 9, 2019 12:58 pm UTC

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There is a room upstairs no one has seen for over forty years. What do the townspeople find there?

Your question suggests William Faulkner's story, "A Rose for Emily." After Emily Grierson's death, some of the men of Jefferson open an upstairs bedroom that no one had seen for many years. (In...

Latest answer posted July 8, 2009 9:12 am UTC

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What are the reasons that motivated Emily to murder Homer in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

"A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner takes place in Jefferson, Mississippi. The story spans the life [74 years] of the protagonist Miss Emily Grierson, a daughter of the "Old South." Told in...

Latest answer posted October 2, 2012 1:46 am UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily," why is Emily called a "fallen monument" in the first paragraph?

If Miss Emily is a monument, it's only because the townsfolk have turned her into one. They're the ones who've put her on a pedestal, venerating her as the last living connection with a supposedly...

Latest answer posted October 11, 2020 10:33 am UTC

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What happened to Homer Barron in "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner?

"A Rose for Miss Emily" by William Faulkner is set in the post-Civil War South and features one primary character, Miss Emily Grierson. Despite the fact that the war is over, Miss Emily is an...

Latest answer posted April 17, 2014 7:41 pm UTC

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Foreshadowing In A Rose For Emily

In A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner, the ending holds a surprise twist. In the bed in Miss Emily’s room is the skeleton of her long dead boyfriend. The impression of Miss Emily’s head and a...

Latest answer posted December 24, 2019 3:19 am UTC

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How does Emily react to her father's death in "A Rose for Emily"?

Emily's reaction to the death of her father is one of denial and clinging to unrealistic expectations; it is also very telling of her state of mind and serves as a foreshadowing of what is to come...

Latest answer posted January 6, 2016 7:21 pm UTC

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Why is the story called "A Rose for Emily"  even though there are no roses?

Roses need not be literally spoken of to have power. Think of roses and their various roles in human life. Roses are often present at weddings, a promise of love despite hardship, the combination...

Latest answer posted February 5, 2008 9:35 am UTC

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Townspeople and Emily How do the townspeople regard Emily? Why?

Initially she was seen as a southern lady, which is one reason her taxes were initially waved. However, as time passes and a new generation of townspeople grow up, they regard Emily as a bit of an...

Latest answer posted November 15, 2007 3:36 am UTC

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What does Colonel Sartoris do for Miss Emily after her father's death? Why?

After Emily's father dies, Colonel Sartoris invents a way to help Emily survive financially without embarrassing her by revealing that she's actually accepting charity from the town. Everyone has...

Latest answer posted April 28, 2016 3:36 pm UTC

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What is the tone of the story "A Rose for Emily"?

Tone refers to the way the author feels about the subject of the text. It is often confused with mood, which refers to the feeling created within the reader by the text. A easy way to keep them...

Latest answer posted February 23, 2018 12:06 am UTC

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What is the effect of the final paragraph of "A Rose for Emily"? Although Faulkner does provide clues...

The effect of the final paragraph is to create shock and horror. Throughout the entire piece, Faulkner does give clues that Miss Emily could have inherited some of her family's insanity, but...

Latest answer posted August 8, 2007 10:29 am UTC

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What characteristics of modernism are in "A Rose for Emily"?  

Tension between the modern and the old, specifically, the Old South, pervades "A Rose for Emily" from beginning to end. From the very first scene in the story, Miss Emily's house, which once was on...

Latest answer posted January 3, 2012 8:32 pm UTC

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Please give some examples of figurative language from "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner. 

Figurative language refers to certain figures of speech used by writers as a means of describing something in a non-literal way. Figurative language may use imagery to depict a person or scene more...

Latest answer posted December 7, 2019 1:26 pm UTC

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How is the story "A Rose for Emily" a conflict between North and South?

William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” takes place in the fictional town of Jefferson, Mississippi after the Civil War. The postbellum South saw changes in their economics as they...

Latest answer posted November 17, 2019 8:34 pm UTC

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Where are the various forms of irony found in "A Rose for Emily"?

Much of Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is predicated on situational irony, or the contrast between what we (the reader) or the characters expect to happen and what actually happens. Examples are as...

Latest answer posted September 22, 2011 5:03 am UTC

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What is the main conflict in "A Rose For Emily"?  

I'm not sure you can pinpoint a single conflict in "A Rose for Emily." Emily's refusal to adhere to the changing world around her is a general problem that seems to affect her throughout her life....

Latest answer posted November 1, 2011 9:58 pm UTC

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Why do the townspeople in "A Rose for Emily" believe the boyfriend/husband-to-be has left?

When Homer Barron and Miss Emily begin to date, the community of Jefferson disapproves of their relationship because Homer is a laborer from the North who is not of the same social status as Emily...

Latest answer posted March 29, 2018 11:59 pm UTC

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I don't get this part from "A Rose for Emily": "apron-remitted her taxes."

At the beginning of the novel, the citizens of Jefferson mention that the mayor of the town, Colonel Sartoris, remitted Miss Emily Grierson's taxes. In the middle of the sentence. Faulkner uses an...

Latest answer posted February 13, 2018 12:15 am UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily", why did Miss Emily say she needed arsenic?

Miss Emily actually did not tell the druggist why she wanted the arsenic. The druggist chose to put rats on the package so he would not get in trouble for selling her arsenic. Faukner writes:The...

Latest answer posted September 10, 2008 6:40 am UTC

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What Is The Significance Of The Title A Rose For Emily

A rose is a life form, and there are few life forms in and around the home of Emily Grierson. Emily's home is an eyesore that is dilapidated and decaying, while the rest of the town is rebuilding...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 2:05 am UTC

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a rose for emily What significance do you see in the strand of iron-gray hair found on the second pillow?

The hair suggests not only that Miss Emily has been sleeping with the dead body in the attic bedroom, but that she has been doing so recently. If the hair were of a different color (not grey), we...

Latest answer posted September 20, 2012 5:03 pm UTC

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How does the author's use of diction enhance his theme in A Rose for Emily?

The question of diction is a subtle one. It refers to style, but also to vocabulary and cadence. That means you could take the question in several different directions. Here are a few examples of...

Latest answer posted August 3, 2007 9:39 am UTC

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How did the townspeople finally solve the problem with the smell in "A Rose for Emily"?

Though the townspeople talk a lot about the smell coming from Miss Emily's home, it's not the townspeople that "solve" the problem with the smell. The smell is solved by time...though the...

Latest answer posted April 11, 2016 4:32 pm UTC

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In "A Rose for Emily," does Emily represent the “old South”? Why?

Miss Emily Grierson is a symbol of the old South in many ways. She lives in an old house “decorated with cupolas and spires” but now surrounded and threatened by the symbols of modernity, industry,...

Latest answer posted November 11, 2019 3:27 am UTC

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The plot structure of "A Rose for Emily" is non-linear.  Does this help or hinder the ending?  How so?

The plot structure of William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" definitely helps in creating an ending with impact. Since it deals with the mystery of the stench, and further, the mystery of Miss Emily...

Latest answer posted June 25, 2019 8:50 am UTC

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In A Rose for Emily, how is the description of Miss Emily's house near the opening of the story suggestive of her...

Miss Emily's home is described as a big, square framed house that had once been white but is now a decaying eyesore. The massive home is located on what was once Jefferson's most select street and...

Latest answer posted February 26, 2019 1:21 pm UTC

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What is the climax in "A Rose for Emily"?

I agree that the climax--the point of highest interest and suspense--is the moment the townspeople herd into Miss Emily's house after years of only her manservant having access. They finally open...

Latest answer posted August 16, 2007 12:57 pm UTC

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Why did they wait until after the funeral to open the closed room in "A Rose for Emily," and how is this "delay"...

The delay in breaking down the door to Miss Emily's upstairs bedroom was primarily a matter of respect for the recently departed. Most religions observe a period of mourning for the dead, and...

Latest answer posted April 9, 2013 8:31 pm UTC

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