Table of Contents Plot Overview The story is divided into five sections. Grierson had once lent the community a significant sum. As new town leaders take over, they make unsuccessful attempts to get Emily to resume payments. When members of the Board of Aldermen pay her a visit, in the dusty and antiquated parlor, Emily reasserts the fact that she is not required to pay taxes in Jefferson and that the officials should talk to Colonel Sartoris about the matter.
Faulkner won the Nobel Prize in Literature inand is now hailed as one of the greatest writers of the 20th century. His works deal primarily with the cultural shifts that occurred in the post-Civil War South.
Emily, a faded Southern Bell, dies at the age of 74 after leading an isolated life. The curious townsfolk come together for her funeral and reflect on her history in Jefferson, Mississippi. The story is sometimes read as an allegory for the resistance of the Old South, as represented by Emily, to modernization, as represented by both Homer and the younger generations of Jefferson.
Emily, the last member of the aristocratic Grierson family, led an isolated life. Now that she has passed away, people are curious to see the inside of her house, which has been sealed for ten years. Section one reveals that Emily was raised by a controlling father who drove away all of her suitors, believing that none of them were good enough for his daughter.
After her father died, Emily was left a destitute spinster. As a show of respect for her aristocratic status, Colonel Sartoris, the mayor of Jefferson at the time, remitted Emily's taxes.
The neighbors asked old Judge Stevens to talk to her about it. After he died, Emily refused to acknowledge his death for three days, preventing the townspeople from removing the body from the house.
Section three goes further back in time. Shortly after the death of her father, Emily began courting a Northern day laborer named Homer Barron. He also claimed to be disinterested in marriage. At first, the people of Jefferson were amused by the courtship.
The narrator then recalls an incident a little over a year into their courtship. Emily went to the druggist, bought rat poison, and refused to specify what it was for.
Most of the town assumed that she was going to take her own life, but she did not. As the courtship went on, the townsfolk decided to take action to prevent it, believing it to be improper. They petitioned the Baptist Minister to go talk to Emily.
People assumed that the she and Homer were married. Homer then left town, and the townspeople assumed he was waiting for the cousins to leave. Once the cousins departed, Homer returned. Emily herself was not seen again for six months.
When she emerged, she had put on weight and her hair had turned iron-gray. She hosted china-painting classes in her home for a short while, but as the town modernized, people grew less interested in such antiquated skills. The only time the townspeople saw her was when she would sit by the window in her house.
Her servant, Tobe, did all of her cooking, shopping, and housekeeping.
In an upstairs room, they find the remains of Homer Barron in a bridal suite. The room is covered in dust and appears to have remained untouched for decades.Her father has just died, and Emily has been abandoned by the man whom the townsfolk believed Emily was to marry.
As complaints mount, Judge Stevens, the mayor at the time, decides to have lime sprinkled along the foundation of the Grierson home in the middle of the night. “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner () I WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through .
Comprehension questions for "A Rose for Emily" written by William Faulkner Learn with flashcards, games, and more — for free. Emily Grierson - The object of fascination in the story. A eccentric recluse, Emily is a mysterious figure who changes from a vibrant and hopeful young girl to a cloistered and secretive old woman.
Devastated and alone after her father’s death, she is an object of pity for the townspeople. After a.
We're going to let Faulkner himself take the mic on the character of Emily's father: In this case there was the young girl with a young girl's normal aspirations to find love and then a husband and a family, who was brow-beaten and kept down by her father, a selfish man who didn't want her to leave.
- The Symbol of the Rose in William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily" In William Faulkner's "A Rose for Emily," Miss Emily Grierson is a lonely old woman, living a life void of all love and affection; although the rose only directly appears in the title, the rose surfaces throughout the story as a symbol.