Summary of "A Rose for Emily"

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April 14, 2012
Critical Analysis of “A Rose for Emily” William Faulkner begins the story by telling of the death of Miss Emily Grierson. The people in the town went to Emily’s funeral not because they admired her or had love and affection for her, but mainly out of curiosity. The women could not wait to see the inside of the house, everyone knew that when her father died he only left her with the house, in other words Emily was a pauper. The only person that could be seen going in and out of Emily’s home was her male servant Tobe. Emily had not been seen outside her home since her father’s death; Tobe would do all the errands such as going to the market, cook and gardener. The town’s people believed that Tobe could not speak, they said he spoke to on one, maybe not even Emily, “for his voice had grown harsh and rusty.” Tobe or Emily was much of a housekeeper, for the people of the town said the house had dust everywhere and a foul order. The people in the town had begun to complaining to Judge Stevens of an order coming from Emily’s property. They wanted him to go to her and find out what was the odor coming from her property. Judge Stevens remarks where “Dammit sir, will you accuse a lady to her face of smelling bad?” The Board of Aldermen met and decided to send some men out to put lime around the outside of her property to cut the smell. Not only was the house not being maintained, Emily herself was not taking good physical care of herself either. Her hair had turned gray and she gained weight.
When Emily’s father was still alive their family was considered to have status and class.
Their home was on one of the most beautiful streets, it was a big square framed home with beautiful architectural features. Now the street seems to be more of an industrial area with only Miss Emily’s home…...

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