Despite the story’s confusing sequence, many events are foreshadowed. Give some examples of this technique. How does foreshadowing enrich the story?
This story’s most important aspect of foreshadowing is the idea that the blinds that are on the carriage that they use to ride around are seen as dawn. This means that there is something wrong about their relationship between Homer and Miss Emily. Further the fact that Homer showed how he enjoyed being with the boys he socialized with was an indication that he was not going to be faithful to Emily. There is also a hint that by Emily she had kept her father’s body for three days, this showed that it was bound to happen again and she could keep the bodies longer just as she did with Homer’s. Foreshadowing in the story has been able to use the past so as to create the present showing the effect of what has happened in the present.
Where does the exposition end and the movement toward the story’s climax begin? Where does the resolution stage begin?
The exposition ends during the argument that is portrayed between the past and the present and it is seen as the different approaches that are given relate to each generation that relates to Emily’s taxes. The movement towards the climax of the story begins when Emily makes a purchase of a poison known as arsenic from the druggist in the town. The resolution begins when Tobe allows the neighbors to come to the house and he leaves the neighbors and uses the back door where he is never seen or heard of again.
Emily is clearly the story’s protagonist. In the sense that he opposes her wishes, Homer is the antagonist. What other characters – or what larger forces – are in conflict with Emily?
The other characters who are in conflict with Emily are her father who happens to be an antagonist as he wants things to remain as they have been. On the other hand, there is conflict that arises between Emily and the new town council members who want to treat Emily as any other citizen.
Explain how each of these phrases moves the story’s plot along: “So she vanquished them, horse and foot…”(par. 15); “After a week or two the smell went away” (par. 24); “And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron” (par. 47); “And so she died” (par. 52); “The man himself lay in the bed” (par. 58).
“So she vanquished them, horse and foot…”(par. 15): Emily asked the Negro to show the authorities out as they required him to pay taxes and it is evident that Emily’s taxes were often remitted but the authority was seeking proof of that as well. “After a week or two the smell went away”: This is when she keeps her father’s body in the house as she did not believe that her father had died. The neighbors started feeling sorry for her as she had been a victim of her father’s protectiveness and was not able to get a man to be with. “And that was the last we saw of Homer Barron”:this section introduces the climax of the story where we see that Homer left and nobody knew what happened to him “And so she died”: shows the end of the story and as the main character dies in this part of the story. Her death is caused by a mild illness that is as a result of her dusty house. “The man himself lay in the bed”: is an indication of the end of the story where Homer’s body is found in the room that remained locked.
The narrator of the story is an observer, not a participant. Who might this narrator be? Do you think the narrator is male or female? How do you suppose the narrator might know so much about Emily? Why do you think the narrator is either male or female – whichever one you selected? How do you suppose the narrator might know so much about Emily? Why do you think the narrator uses “we” instead of “I”?
The narrator could possibly be a former servant of Emily as he knows much about Emily and the gender to the narrator is a male who knows Emily intimately. This is because, he constantly refers to Emily as Miss Emily and gives a description of Colonel Sartoris, who was the mayor and the fact that he enforced the law by making a requirement for black women to wear aprons while in public. The narrator must be a male as he is found in different location only men are found, like when they were lifting the second pillow on the man who lay on the bed, considering he was dead, this meant that he was a male as in many instances, women would not go near dead bodies.
The original version of “A Rose for Emily” included a two-page deathbed scene revealing that Tobe, Emily’s servant, has shared her terrible secret all these years and that Emily has left her house to him. Why do you think Faulkner deleted this scene? Do you think he made the right decision?
Yes, Faulkner made the right decision as he deleted this scene so as to allow the audience to make a non-restrictive decision on what actually happened to the servant.
Some critics have suggested that Miss Emily Grierson is a kind of symbol of the Old South, with its outdated ideas of chivalry, formal manners, and tradition. Do you see her also as a victim of those values? Explain.
It is evident that Miss Emily is a victim as her father has shielded her against suitors, and her father even made it worse because the type that he was willing to approve were not available. Miss Emily is falls victim again when people gossip about Homer while he could have been her perfect match. This showed that the people had held her at very high standards despite the fact that these standards did not exist in her anymore.