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

The exposition, climax, rising action, falling action, and resolution of "A Rose for Emily" occur in nonlinear order. The exposition is when we meet Miss Emily "alive" and learn her eccentricities. The climax occurs when she dies. Miss Emily purchasing poison, Homer's departure, and the stench are the rising action. The falling action occurs when the townspeople access her house after the funeral, and the resolution is their discovery of Homer's skeleton, the source of the stench many years before.

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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 thereafter when we meet Miss Emily through the narrator’s eyes and are told something about her background, her family history, and her eccentricities. Two paragraphs after the opening, Faulkner begins the exposition with,

Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care.

Climax: Despite its position at the very beginning of the story, the climax occurs when Miss Emily dies. The story opens with the townspeople attending Miss Emily's funeral.

Rising action: This occurs when Miss Emily goes to the pharmacist to purchase poison and we learn about the stench emanating from her home and that Homer has left her.

Falling action: Immediately after Miss Emily’s funeral (the climax), the townspeople are able to get into her house for the first time in years. Their discovery there wraps everything up,...

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