“A Rose for Emily” was such a strange short story. I’m left wondering why you chose it for our class. But, in a weird way it was interesting, if you like macabre, creepy, victorian-era things, which I sometimes do.
On the other hand, it seems kind of random to me. Maybe because I’m sick again and missed today’s class and Prof. Rosen gave some back story about it, thats why it’s random. I’m not sure how to respond about it other than that it’s a creepy and depressing prose. And maybe I need to re-read it but I don’t think I saw any mention of a rose…
At first the introduction of this story was a tad confusing or complicated. At first I didn’t know if it was a man r woman who had died based on the position f the words. One thing I knew about the person was that the person lived a lavish life. Also this story helped with the advancement of my vocabulary. Some unknown words were Cupolas – small dome, Spires – pointed apart, coquettish – a woman who flirts lightheartedly with men to win their admiration and affection. There many other words but let me not bore you any further.
During the story there was a whole paragraph dedicated to how old and disused the place was which seemed like a clue to the story. Being that Miss Emily held china-painting lessons in her house seemed like was a great help to the society in which she lived. When the information that, Colonel Sartoris had been dead almost ten years was released, it seemed suspicious to which Miss Emily was sane or not. Her Father and sweetheart died. There was a statement in part 2 paragraph 2 stating that men couldn’t take care of a kitchen as well as a women which was a little sexist. Everyone was concerned about the condition in which she lived. I was surprised to learn that the father died in the house. Then Miss Emily was interested in Homer Barron.
“Poor Emily” was repeated over and over not in concern but in pity for her. Then Miss Emily both arsenic poison which was undetermined towards which she was using the poison for. Miss Emily also comes off as a feared woman by most throughout the area. Every Sunday Miss Emily and Homer Barron go out. The people who tell the story were kind of nosey paparazzi neighbors. Miss Emily died at age seventy-four.
i absolutley agree that this is a strange story. after i read the story i was left with some questions. what was the rat poison for? i think faulkner didnt mention what emily ended up doing with it. what ever to homer barron’s body? did it just magically dissapear?
im in agreement with the both of you guys.im questioning the story definitly. i dont see the connection of the title to the story, but i do see how “a rose for emily” has some similarities to the stories we read before.
I had to read this story more than once to understand what happened. I think A Rose for Emily was a sad, tragic love story. She lived alone with no family and no friends except for a servant to wait on her. According to the narrator, Emily almost never left the house and nobody came in after her father died and her sweetheart left her. When Emily died, most of the town came to see her house since it hadn’t been seen by anyone in years. The top floor of the house was closed off and now the townspeople had the chance to see what was up there. They broke down the door of a room described as a dust-covered tomb and found the body Homer Barron (Emily’s sweetheart) laying in the bed. The room was left as it was decades ago when everyone assumed that Emily and Homer were getting married. At the time when the road construction was complete, people thought that Homer had left Emily, but he did return for a few days and then was gone, never to be seen again.
The narrator mentions that Emily went to a druggist to buy arsenic and says that she plans on using it to kill rats, which makes me wonder how did Homer Barron die? Did Emily use the arsenic that she bought to poison him? I’m not saying that she did, but I think there’s a possibility since we’re not sure what she needed the arsenic for. We also know that Emily loved Homer deeply because even after he died, she couldn’t part with his body and left him in that room for decades. There was even proof that she had lay beside him because there was an indentation in the pillow and a strand of her long gray hair was found on it. I thought this was a sad story because Emily lost the man that she loved so soon and couldn’t bear to be separated from him that she kept his body in her house after all these years.
It was sad and tragic but I didn’t think it was much of a love story being that she was so mean and ignoble the one she loved the most always leave her in death, leaving her to wallow in their remains just so that she can remember them. She loved the man that she killed him to be with him for eternity deep depressing and very awkward story but PERFECT summary though gives full meaning to the whole story.
The narration was brought up in class today for the story “A rose for emily”and as confusing as “A rose for emily” was, … i noticed that the narrator is unknowed, and tells the story as if he/she is in the town themselves. the narrator decribes what happens in jefferson town and gives plenty details.the story left me with alot of questions but after prof. Rosen mentioned the narration, i seemed to find that out without any problems.
in the story ” A Rose For Emily ” the narrator is unknown but tells the story as if they were living in the town at that time. i didnt understand how u could stay in a house all that time with a dead body. its so sad how people only went to her furneral just to see what the inside looks like since no one visited after her father die.
no ur not the only one im in but im not sure how i get to professor rosen. i click the link she had gave filled it out uploaded it from my computer to mine but im not seeing anythin that says dramatic essasy folder im just goin to save it n let her show me in class 2morrow
I had to read “A rose for Emily” a two times before I really understood it. I was confused about why Miss Emily killed Hoomer Barron.
I think the narrator is someone who lives in the town because in the first sentence, it says “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral.” I think the narrator is someone who is young but knows the history of the Grierson house and knows all the rumors about Miss Emily. I also think the narrator saw Hoomer Barron’s corpse when it was still in the bed because in the in the 2nd to last paragraph, it says “For a long while we just stood there, looking down at the profound and fleshless grin.”
In ” A Rose for Emily” the author is told the story from the viewpoint of an resident in town called Jefferson. The story is basically focusing on the transitions and the emotional disintegrations of Emily’s life. In the beginning of the story , the author shows us that Miss Emily was isolated by their community. which according the funeral , but her father also isolated and manipulated her from men when he was alive, and after her father died, she become desolated immediately. And she fall in love with a guy, nevertheless after the guy disappeared, people started isolated here. it seems interesting aspect. However, I was expecting there will be some roses in the story to connect with the topic , in fact there is, even though there isn’t any roses in the story shows up literally , but if we go deeper and more literal reasons, i think it is obviously to everyone who have read the story . The roses are commonly used during the funeral, sometimes for the decorations , sometime people use it to cover the odor by their strong fragrance.
“A Rose for Emily” felt like a story about a person who is angry at the world for the changes its made.Mrs. Emily was the only one in the town of Jefferson that wouldn’t change her ways when the times were.Even when they sent her notices in the mail about the taxes she owed she made no replies to them.She kept herself in her own world until she met Hommer who she quickly had an interest in when he came into town. Sometime later they were seen together in their buggy on Sunday afternoons. While she was out she kept herself looking as dignified as possible. Then came the time when Emily went to buy some arsenic, that was when she made a change for the worst.Right away its was obvious that she was going to kill Hommer.What she did was trap a modern man into her old fashioned world and he wasn’t liking the feeling of it and maybe decided that he wanted out. To combat that decision she poisoned Hommer as to say no one will have him if she couldn’t.