What kind of mood does the story "A Rose for Emily" evoke?

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The mood in Williams Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily” has always struck me as a sort grim. As readers, we recognize that Emily’s relationship with her father is dysfunctional. This is clear in the description of how her father would chase suitors away. He’s framed in the doorway, and Emily is in the background. Her response to his death is not normal either. She refuses to let them take the body away, and then she becomes a recluse. Emerging a long time later, and her appearance has changed drastically. Was she abused by her father, we don’t know, but there could be a good psychological argument for it. In addition, it is clear to the reader that Homer Baron won’t be settling down. He, probably, uses Emily for his own purposes before attempting to leave her. No doubt he took everything the woman had to offer, including her good name, before rejecting her.

Enotes has some good information at the following link.


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