The Ink of Melancholy:
Penlighten Staff Last Updated: This story is a Gothic tragedy of a woman succumbing to a mental illness. It is loaded with symbolism and deals with themes such as psychological bondage, living in the past, and death not only physical but also death of old South habits. The author also stands as the narrator and a fellow townsman in the story.
At first glance, the house seems to be at an upscale neighborhood with all its olden grandeur. He claimed that her father Mr.
Grierson had loaned a large sum of money to the community in time of their need, and thus, this was their way of paying it back. Even after the new mayor took charge, Emily refused to pay taxes stating she had already discussed it with the previous mayor, who had died a decade ago.
She later asked her servant Tobe to show the men the way out. Section 2 The narrator takes a trip 30 years back in time. They believed that someone or something had died.
They soon come to realize that it was her father who had passed away. After constant complaints, Judge Stevens, the mayor of the time, decided to get some lime sprinkled in her yard and foundation.
This subsided the odor. She was left alone in this world at her age of Her father had successfully driven away any possible suitors when they had come their way.
The day after Mr. They were met at the door with an odd reply. She stuck to this statement for 3 days before she finally handed over the body for the funeral.
He was said to be a Yankee with a loud personality. Homer and Emily soon began to court. Their affair was the talk of the town. They were often seen riding around in a buggy on Sunday afternoons.
Section 4 Rumors had it that the wedding that Emily and Homer were planning would not be materializing. People in the town were concerned that she was going to kill herself for that.
They tried their best including sending the Baptist minister and calling in her cousins from Alabama. Soon after her cousins departed, Homer was seen entering her home late one night. That was also the last time anyone had ever seen him. Decades rolled by, and Emily refused to leave her house.
She grew plump and gray. Apart from the occasional China-painting lessons, only the servant "Tobe" entered and exited the house. Nothing was heard from her till until her death at her age of She is laid out in the parlor and visitors are swarming in to see the remains of her house and her.
They find things bought for the wedding along with the groom lying dead on the bed. The advanced decay suggests that the body was of Homer Barron. The onlookers also find the dust on the pillow next to his had an indentation of a head along with a strand of a long gray hair. Character Analysis Emily Grierson Emily is the protagonist of this short story.
She is an old-school southern woman, who clings on to her old lifestyle even when she can no longer afford to do so. She was said to be artistic as she taught China-painting. She had presumably already committed a murder when she was in her 30s. Her rigid and curt attitude quickly made her an outcast in her society.
Due to lack of sufficient information, it is difficult to know her true nature.
But one can conclude that she had issues with letting go of. One can assume that Homer was planning on leaving her after the many wedding plans made by them. So she killed him like he probably killed her plans of a happily ever after.A Rose for Emily was first published in a national magazine, Forum, on April 30, It was republished in Faulkner's personal collection of short stories called These 13 in the following year.
This story is a Gothic tragedy of a woman succumbing to a mental illness. Emily dies at seventy-four of what appears to be all natural causes.
Yet, in some ways she was destroyed when she killed Homer Barron. The last thread of normalcy was permanently severed in that moment. A Rose for Emily by William Faulkner. Upgrade to A + Download this Lit Guide!
(PDF) Introduction. Plot Summary. A Rose for Emily Section 5 Summary & Analysis Next. Themes. Miss Emily’s tragedy stands in judgment on her society.
Active Themes Related Quotes with Explanations Cite This Page. Choose citation style. William Faulkner is best known for his novels, particularly The Sound and the Fury (), Absalom, Absalom!
(), and As I Lay Dying (), all of which have been translated widely. A Fable. A Rose for Emily, written by William Faulkner, is based upon a rather dark and lonely character; Miss Emily Grierson. Faulkner tells the tragic story of the life and death of Emily.
Living her life void of any sort of tender emotions, she is separated from her community not only through her. William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" is a classic short story; while the plot can be summarized in just a few words, this will not capture .