"No doubt exists that all women are crazy; its only a question of degree" (W.C. Fields) In the short story "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner show that being confined leads to insanity. Emily Grierson is kept away from society her whole life by her controlling and conservative father. only after his death did she gain her independence but only causing her to be rooted to the past, become isolated from society and finally causing her insanity. Being isolated from society, at a young age can only cause a negative outcome to a person as they grow up. Change will be a lot more difficult to accept that people will cling on to what they already know and that is the past. A similar outcome occur to Emily Grierson for all she ever knew were "the big squarish form of house that had once been white, decorated with cupolas and spires and scrolled balconies in the heavily light some style of the seventies" (Faulkner 714). For many years her father kept her locked up in the "house that had once been white" distorting her perception of reality and the changes that was going on in society. when time came that her father died Emily is left alone with nothing but the "house" and an old servant named Toby whom she barely talked to. As time passes by, a new generation emerges outside the sanctity of her home. The new generation followed the new changes and paid taxes; with that, they demanded that Emily paid hers as well. In the past the Grierson family had no taxes and so in response Emily writes on a "paper of archaic shape, in a thin flowing calligraphy in faded ink, [that] she no longer went out at all" (Faulkner 714) and suggested them to go "see Colonel Sartoris" (Faulkner 714) who had been dead for several years. She clings on to the past knowing that her father never paid taxes because of "Colonel Sartoris" and writes in "calligraphy in faded ink" when the world had updated. She refuses a mailbox, an attachment of metal numbers as her address and does not let Toby clean leaving dust everywhere. Her refusal to all changes show how Emily's reality in stuck to her past. Her past is the only thing she knew and she grasped on to that fact because of the fear of change she cannot control. The town of Jefferson are often curious as to what Emily's business is. Because people were always talking and watching her movements, she became more and more secluded from society. The inquisitive society and the modern change pushed Emily deeper into walls she only knew she can control. When problems arouse, the people of Jefferson try their best to avoid putting Emily in the situation as much as possible. When a smell occurred about her house one day the town dealt with the problem without her consent. some men crossed her lawn and "broke open the cellar door and sprinkled lime" (Faulkner 716). By "[breaking] open the cellar door" show how the whole town of Jefferson face problems that involved Emily. Her isolation show her lack of people skills leading to people avoiding her as much as hey could. Her ignorance for change also show as she purchases poison from a local store. The druggist who was only following the new law enforced asks Emily to state her reason for purchasing arsenic. He says that "the law requires you to tell what you are going to use is for...[she] just stared at him...until he looked away and went and got the arsenic and wrapped it up" (Faulkner 718). Her response to the new and changed "law" show her true feelings towards change. She despises it and her stubbornness and lack of people skills drove people to mind their own business. The signs of her insanity starts when Emily manages to have "no trace of grief on her face [as] she told…
“A Rose for Emily”
The author William Faulkner, wrote a short story titled “A Rose for Emily,” which took place in the South around 1910. In the story, the main character, Emily Grierson, died decades after killing the man who rejected her. The character, Emily, was creepy.
First off, when she went to buy the rat poison she was acting very strange. “Miss Emily just stared at him, her head tilted back in order to look him eye for eye....” When the druggist asked what she…
and Modern English II
Essay # 1
November 2, 2012
A Rose for Emily: A Struggle between Loneliness and Insanity
Readers of “A Rose for Emily” could argue the point - is insanity a learned behavior, brought on by years of abuse at the hands of a father or is insanity hereditary passed down from generation to generation?
Within the first two paragraphs of this story William Faulkner allows the reader to picture the home of Miss Emily Grierson. It is described as being a beautiful home from…
"A Rose for Emily"
William Faulkner (1897-1962), who came from an old southern family, grew up in Oxford, Mississippi. He joined the Canadian, and later the British, Royal Air Force during the First World War, studied for a while at the University of Mississippi, and temporarily worked for a New York bookstore and a New Orleans newspaper. Except for some trips to Europe and Asia, and a few brief stays in Hollywood as a scriptwriter, he worked on his novels and short stories on a farm in Oxford…
A Rose for Emily is a short story about a woman who goes through many difficult things in her life. She endures death, change, and power. All of these can completely alter a person for the rest of their life.
Through the mysterious figure of Emily Grierson, the author conveys the change that Emily overcomes in the course of her life. "Alive, Miss Emily had been a tradition, a duty, and a care; a sort of hereditary obligation upon the town, dating from that day in 1894 when Colonel Sartoris…
A Rose for Emily: The Life of a Murderer
In the story “A Rose for Emily”, by William Faulkner, it is clear that a change is indispensable in a person’s life and Emily is the perfect example of this. As a bizarre story unfolds in author William Faulkner’s short story “A Rose for Emily”, a woman who has stayed in seclusion most of her life somehow managed to be all that the townspeople talked about. Faulkner uses the narrator to tell Miss Emily Grierson’s story because she can’t tell it herself. Unfortunately…
Altering Chronological Order For Dramatic Effect: A Rose for Emily
In William Faulkner’s not-so short story, A Rose for Emily, chronological order is altered in order to add suspense during, and closure after, the narrative. The storyline revolves around an eccentric aristocrat, Miss Emily Grierson, residing in Jackson, Mississippi, during the post-civil war reconstructive era. The Grierson family is one of old money. The story is told from the perspective…
A Rose for Emily Symbolism
EMILY VS HER FATHER
• Her father is portrayed with his back to her: Disregard to her emotional welfare.
• The horsewhip: a symbol of control over her life
• The dead are present in her life (foreshadowing)
• She holds onto her father's body
• After Homer's missing she became a living dead
"But the images of death emerged most frequently: her pallid complexion: her drowned, bloated body; her lost eyes; and the cold, dry voice of the tomb. Not only…
“A Rose for Emily” Discuss
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” has several themes displayed throughout this story. The most predominant theme is about death and loss experienced by the main character Emily Grierson. The story is about the life of Emily in the old southern town of Jefferson. This story is told in an unusual way for it starts with Emily’s death. It then goes on to her life as a young lady and how it was restricted by her father’s ways. Once her father passed, Emily starts…
Professor Judith Carey
April 2 2013
A Rose For Emily
Everyone has different motives for the things that they do, some may be strange but have a deeper meaning behind them. In the short story "A Rose For Emily" by William Faulkner Emily has some very abnormal motives. As Emily's motives are very odd she has a different meaning behind them than what most people think.
One of Emily's motives is very abnormal, and is a facade to me. At first they…
Stuck in the past in “A Rose for Emily” by Faulkner
Change causes a person to do things out of the norm. It is common for people to fear change. Most people although afraid will accept the changes and adapt to it. Others will control that change unwilling to adhere to the new and unfamiliar way of things. Many are stuck in the past, in the traditions that guide their lives. Emily Grierson is a product of the Old South, rich in traditions and set in her ways. The New south means change; traditions…