Cash 1Box # 108Sandra CashProfessor BouchardENG 132Paper 1 # “A Rose for Emily”January 18, 2012 My Insights on “A Rose for Emily” The story itself is a very well written story, but it is a bit morbid. Due to the fact, that it ismorbid I believe this story fits in a sociology genre. This is especially shown through thecharacter Emily. Emily has a couple of problems to say the least; she resists any type of change,and she seems to have control issue, which is probably past down from her father. It is alsofascinating how Faulkner uses the house to also represent Emily throughout the story. Emily resists any kind of change, which there is a lot of change throughout the story. Insection one this is shown by how she refuses to pay taxes, she says that since her father loanedthe town some money Colonel Sartois made the agreement that they would never have to paytaxes. She even goes on to tell the city authorities to go take it up with Colonel Sartois, eventhough he has been dead for ten years. Another time Emily resists any kind of change is when thetown got free postal delivery she would not let them attach a mailbox or put the numbers for heraddress on her house. Emily has a very controlling father who scares away all of her admirers, which is morethan likely why she has a control issue. This is shown by when her father dies, she refuses toadmit that her father is dead when the ladies of the town come to offer their condolences. In fact,the town says this about it: “We remembered all the young men her father had driven away, andwe knew that with nothing left, she would have to cling to that which had robbed her, as peoplewill (Faulkner).” This shows that her control issue came because her father had robbed her and soshe now clings to have control. This is also shown when she kills her husband Homer Barron. It
Cash 2seems like she kills him because she wants to keep him by her side forever. Now Homer Barronis described as “not the marrying kind”, and he might have been gay (Faulkner). Due to thisEmily, most have known that she could not keep Homer; because of this, she murders him tocontrol him. Even though he is dead, she keeps his body, and actually sleeps with him until theday she dies. While you watch Emily change throughout the story, you begin to realize that the houserepresents Emily. In the beginning, it talks about how it had once been a white frame housedecorated with scrolled balconies and had been on one of the town’s most select streets. This waslike Emily when she first young and innocent. She was probably pretty since her father scared offall of her suitors, and at one time, she was of high society. Although now the house looksstubborn, coquettish decay above the cotton wagons, it no longer fit in with the rest of the town,and it was old and shabby. This can also be said of Emily, when the city officials try to get her topay taxes she is stubborn and will not pay them. After she murders her husband she stays insideof her house, and becomes quit big and her hair becomes gray. The Story is written very well, but is a bit strange, and has to deal with a lot of sociology.The sociology mainly has to do with Emily who has a couple of problems, like how she resistsany kind of change and has a control issue that was probably due to her father. There is plenty ofsymbolism throughout the story; one that fascinated me was how the house represents Emily.There is plenty more to take from this story, but since I only had two pages to write about this,this is what I got out of the story most.
Cash 3Works Cited Faulkner, William. "A Rose for Emily ." DiYanni, Robert. Literature: Approaches to Fiction, Poetry and Drama. Madison: McGraw Hill , 2008. 79-86.