A Rose for Emily By William Faulkner

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(Katelyn and Rachel). Structure. Broken into five sections. Starts with the funeral and ends with her death. Many flashbacks. Part 1 Plot Summary. The narrator recalls the funeral for Emily. Many people attended because they wanted to see the inside of her house. ID: 791179 Download

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A Rose for Emily

By William Faulkner(Katelyn and Rachel)



Broken into five sectionsStarts with the funeral and ends with her death

Many flashbacks


Part 1 Plot Summary

The narrator recalls the funeral for EmilyMany people attended because they wanted to see the inside of her house

No one has been in her house in 10 years except her servant, TobeShe never paid her taxes


Part 2 Plot Summary

30 years earlierThe townspeople complain about the odor coming from Emily’s house

They trespass into her property to try and rid the smellWe find out her father had died and her sweetheart had left her (still single by age 30)Took her 3 days to turn over her father’s body


Part 3 Plot Summary

Takes place before part 2Emily starts to become ill

She meets Homer who is a construction worker and he isn’t accepted into her social classHer reputation is compromisedShe bought poison, “for the rats”


Part 4 Plot Summary

The townspeople call upon Emily’s family to come and stay with herThe townspeople are hopeful for Emily’s marriage with Homer

She buys the toilet set and nice men’s clothingHomer enters Emily’s home and is never seen again (only the servant is seen entering and leaving her house)Emily ages and falls ill and dies


Part 5 Plot Summary

Emily’s body is laid out in the parlorEveryone from town and Emily’s two cousins attend her funeral

The find a door that has been sealed for 40 years and the townspeople break into the roomThey find all the items Emily had bought in hopes for her marriage and Homer’s decayed bodyThey also find an indention in the pillow next to Homer with a gray hair suspected to be Emily’s


Characterization of Emily

She’s a creepThe classic outsiderHides her true identity from the town

House shields herself and represents herEnforces her own sense of law and conductPitied by the townspeopleTakes Homer’s life to achieve total power over him


Characterization of Homer

Also an outsider and a stranger to town

Initially becomes the center of attention but is soon distrusted because he is from the North and is a laborerOutings with Emily were scandalous because he is from a lower classIs portrayed as a homosexual (enjoyed going to bars with younger men)



Impact of Death:Through the death of her father, Emily begins to lose her morals and her sanity

Goes from being charming and beautiful to decrepit and lonelyShe has a bizarre relationship to dead bodies of men that she once lovedShe wants to fuse life and death but ultimately death triumphs



Her house:Represents Emily and her dark side and her sheltered nature

The strand of her hair:Represents love lost, and perverse things that people do for their pursuit of happiness


Overall Point

Emily’s odd actions towards the men she loved demonstrates her need for control and acceptance in her broken life.


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