Have you ever read Anton Chekhov or O. Henry? If you read these authors, you will understand William Faulkner with his works, such as Red Leaves, That Evening Sun, and Dry September. I want to tell you about A Rose for Emily, the interesting short story. William Faulkner is a famous American writer. In 1949, he became the Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi. The A Rose for Emily is a part of the short story collection called “These 13”.
Time and setting in this story play a huge role. The way how the author shows events and actions forces us to follow the plot – great innovation in writing for those times. William Faulkner has changed the chronology of events. He gives the readers the puzzle, which they can compose. The author creates a tension forcing the reader to think. The story describes the Emily’s funeral first, although it is more logical to start the story from her youth. Then we see all the events that have led to the tragic end – first meeting, problems, love, hate and etcetera. So we see the end of the plot first, but don’t know how it was developed till the end of the story - Faulkner saved the intrigue for the end.
He created the contradictory character - Emily. Emily was a very strong woman, but a strange person. As a result, she was an unmarried woman to the end of her life, but many people came to her funeral. People were interested to see how the mysterious residence and its resident looks. The building was really exquisite but without a care during few decades. It was the symbol of the slavery, which was defeated in the Civil War. The life of the Emily covered tragic events, which affected her health. At first, she lost her father, which was the main obstacle to her marriage. After that, she met Homer Barron, a Northern worker who came to the town to pave the paving stones. Later, people saw him near the Emily`s house on the weekends. One day, he bought some arsenic and suddenly disappeared. In the last time, the man was seen by neighbors near the house where Emily lived. Emily was a much closed person and she never left her house. All purchases were made by her servant, Tobe. This man opened the door when the first visitors came to Emily’s home. The guests searched the building and found the closed door. After people broke into there, they found a man that was lying near Emily. What does it mean? We have only terrible guesses.
Have you ever read Anton Chekhov or O. Henry? If you read these authors, you will understand William Faulkner with his works, such as Red Leaves, That Evening Sun, and Dry September. I want to tell you about A Rose for Emily, the interesting short story. William Faulkner is a famous American writer. In 1949, he became the Nobel Prize laureate from Oxford, Mississippi.