“A Rose for Emily”. By William Faulkner. Written and developed by Mrs. Carol Hanes, Howard College, Big Springs, TX http://www.howardcollege.edu/homepages/chanes/engl_1302_tth.htm. Climax. PLOT. Conflict. Resolution. Exposition. Exposition: Initial equilibrium complication (Homer)
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By William Faulkner
Written and developed by Mrs. Carol Hanes,
Howard College, Big Springs, TX
(What are the characters like? Protagonist/Antagonist? Flat/Round? Static/Dynamic? Stock?)
-Miss Emily Grierson
-Miss Emily’s father
( Man vs. Man; Man vs. Himself;
Man vs. Nature; Man vs. Society;
Man vs. Supernatural )
-Miss Emily vs. her father
-Miss Emily vs. herself
-Miss Emily vs. Homer
-Miss Emily vs. townspeople/cousins
(The point of the story where the main conflict is resolved.)
-Miss Emily dies.
(What does the reader learn after the climax?)
1) 1st person Character (major/minor? participant? reliable?)
2) 3rd person Narrator (omniscient/limited/objective)
(The way the author tells the story.)
Long, complicated sentences. (See ¶ 1)
-big, bookish words (coquettish, ¶ 2)
(What general idea or insight does the entire story reveal? Must be stated in general words & must apply to society in general and not just this story. May not state what the story is about.)
measures to prevent being alone
always what they appear to be.
(An object that suggests more than its literal meaning. An object that points or hints at deeper meaning. Always look at titles, inanimate objects, names, colors, and locales.)
William Faulkner(1897-1962)was born in New Albany,Mississippi. He attended the University of Mississippi in Oxford before and after his service in the Royal Canadian Air Force in World I. His literary career began in New Orleans where he met Sherwood Anderson, who helped him get his first novel Soldier’s Pay published in 1926. The work which won Faulkner a Nobel Prize in 1950 is often a depiction of life in his fictional Yoknapatawpha County, an imaginative reconstruction of the area adjacent to Oxford.
“A Rose for Emily” is one of Faulkner’s most widely read in the American classroom. Many students may find Faulkner’s story difficult to understand and appreciate because the story is not told in chronological order. Some readers may think it is a bizarre story about an old eccentric lady in an American Southern town. It is true that the setting of the story is the American South. Yet, the theme of the story is universal, transcending the boundaries of time and space. Like many other works of great literature, this short story tells about love, death, honor, pride, change, and loss.
The meaning of the title is ambiguous, capable of various interpretations.
The plot of the story evolves around many conflicts:
1. the conflicts between Mr. Grierson and his daughter,
2. the conflict between Miss Emily and Homer Barron,
3. the conflict between Miss Emily and the community,
4. the conflict between the South and the North,
5. the conflict between Miss Emily and the established codes of conduct,
6. and the conflict between the past and the present.