What kind of irony is found in "A Rose for Emily," and what is significant about it?

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There is also some dramatic ironies in the text, and they serve to heighten tension for the reader as well as foreshadow the revelation of truth.

Dramatic irony is created when the audience knows more information than a particular character or characters. We might know the truth, or at least more clues, about something, and it increases tension while we wait for the character(s) to become aware of it too.

Much of this story's success, however, depends on the reader not quite putting together the clues to conclude that Miss Emily has murdered Homer Barron . The small dramatic ironies increase our sense...

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Emily had always been taken care of by her dad. The story doesn[t speak of her mother. A person must asume her mother died when Emily was young. So death is important here. After her father died, Emily felt she didn't want to be alone as she grew older. Having not dated much until after her father died, Emily was getting older, fearing she wouldn't be able to find a suitable man for herself. Then her great aunt, Old Lady Wyatt died, Colonel Satoris died (he made sure to take care of her debts after her dad died), then Emily made sure Home was to never leave her. It doesn't say in the story, however, it makes a person asume that the poison Emily bought was for Homer which was the only way Emily could keep him; poison Homer. Then Emily could keep Homer with her until she died.

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