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by William Faulkner

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Summarize the story "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner.

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Considered an American literature masterpiece, “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner has two unusual elements: a fractured time frame and a narrator that appears to have known everything about Emily Grierson, a ‘flower of the Old South.”

The story covers the life of the protagonist Miss Emily Grierson. Emily lived in her house for seventy-four years which lasted before the Civil War, during and after it.  The setting for the story is Jefferson, Mississippi.

The first person point of view comes from a citizen of the town who guides the reader through the events of Emil’s life. To add interest to the story, the plot of the story is told with a fractured time frame.  The summary that is provided here is in the right chronological  order according to the events of Emily’s life.

Emily’s father kept her from marrying by refusing boys or men to court her.  He controlled her life.  When he died, Emily was about thirty years.  The father left her penniless and without any means of...

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