A Rose for Emily is a story about the last representative of a noble family Grierson in the town of Jefferson. We are introduced to the main character of Miss Emily Grierson on her funeral, where the cream of society gathered to pay their last tribute to the idol that fell (fallen monument) and satisfy their curiosity – for almost 10 years no one was in her house except for old servant. The story is presented in retrospection gradually revealing new facts from the life of Miss Emily as if removing layer after layer of dust from the this southern idol that during life sometimes could not determine at what time, past or present she lives.
Judging by the manner of the narrator of the story, we understand that relationship to the deceased was controversial: during life, Miss Emily was a tradition, obligation and bustle, a kind of commitment that was inherited by the city that day in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris died. After the death of her father she was forever freed from taxes. So, on the one hand, Miss Emily was treated like the English queen (tradition), and on the other hand, she is a commitment that burdens the city. Everybody is waiting for the final of the terrible tragedy that occurred 40 years ago, which was talked about and passed from mouth to the mouth of the younger generation. All that’s left is to enter the chambers of a 74-year-old lady and make sure whether the suspicions were true, and finally say goodbye to the past.
The reader learns that Miss Emily lived in a house that was once great and white, decorated with cupolas and spires in a rather frivolous style of 70s and that it was situated at once the most aristocratic street. It was almost a fairy palace where princess lived with her father. Emily is described like a slim figure in white. However, she was usually seen through the back door of the house behind her father’s silhouette.
Residents of the city believed that the Griersons hold themselves too high, because no young man was worthy a hand of Miss Emily, and when she has turned 30 and was still single, which by the standards of that time was considered not acceptable, they even slightly gloated.
There are no facts about Emily’s mother, like she never existed. Narrator only wants to emphasize that she was a father’s daughter and how lonely she was with him. Emily’s white clothes are a Christiane symbol of chastity and innocence, but it is also a color of femininity death imprisoned in the palace of maidens. This color falls into a range of other colors, symbolizing a clamor of emotions that were hidden in the soul of Faulkner’s character.
A Rose for Emily is a story about the last representative of a noble family Grierson in the town of Jefferson. We are introduced to the main character of Miss Emily Grierson on her funeral, where the cream of society gathered to pay their last tribute to the idol that fell (fallen monument) and satisfy their curiosity – for almost 10 years no one was in her house except for old servant.