The story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner deserves special attention, as it shows the author’s characteristics of writing. This work has become an example of how the story can at the same time push a reader away with its difficult and unpleasant topic, and interest with its way of narration and representation of a deep world, presented by the author. Faulkner creates a certain atmosphere in the story, which spreads in a way that a feeling remains a long time after reading the book, as the sediment, forcing to think again.
Faulkner changes the sequence of events in the story. If the author had followed the sequence of events, the story of A Rose for Emily would have started with the youth of Emily, then her father’s death would follow, then the meeting with Homer Barron, then his murder, the funeral of Emily, and the disclosure of the reasons for the smell and the disappearance of Homer (the corpse in Emily’s bed). But Faulkner changes the sequence of events in order to keep the suspense up to the end and put accents for a greater impact on the reader and for the transmission of thought.
Faulkner creates a contradictory image of the heroine. Emily is an idol, a beautiful monument of the past, and an indestructible pillar of days gone by. Who is she really – a killer, a living corpse, or a monster? The author leads the reader to the discovery through the whole story.
The narration is done from the perspective of We in the story. People in this city are watching the main heroine. What do they say about her? They love her, they want to feel sorry for her, and help her. Is that really what they want? Their speech and their wishes are accurately and psychologically caught by the author – the characters talk like real people. They revere and fear Emily like a ghost of the past. They cannot deal with her. She was so high above them that they were always somewhere on the level lower than hers. They are envious and hurt, but they want to pity her and call her poor Emily to lower her to their level. They don’t let her be happy with Homer. Emily denies them like time and death denies them. She’s is so grand and proud, but why the description of her house causes goose bumps? Why does everything around her die? Because death and time cannot be defeated simply by denying them.
Faulkner amazingly ended his story. In the end, Emily completely rejected time and death, and utterly lost her mind.
The story A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner deserves special attention, as it shows the author’s characteristics of writing. This work has become an example of how the story can at the same time push a reader away with its difficult and unpleasant topic, and interest with its way of narration and representation of a deep world, presented by the author.