May 20, 2018
Author, William Faulkner shows literary realism in his Southern gothic reading, “A Rose for Emily”, which he has divided into five separate portions. In this engaging short story, Faulkner disguises the multiple diverse references he is inferring within this subtlety gruesome tale of a woman’s passing. Faulkner uses his unique flow of writing to connect a story with substantial real life scenarios. The author portrays the main character, Miss Emily, to symbolize the reconstruction of the old South, focalize on baneful relationship connections, and the reoccurring affiliation with fatality.
Throughout the duration of the story, Faulkner formulates numerous implications to show his resemblance of Miss Emily to the early 1900s reparation of the South. A major issue, that at the time was a cultural tradition, was racial discrimination. The actions take place in the story post abolition of slavery, but the position of servants in the soviet remain low. In a book, “Religion in the old south”(94), author, Donald Mathews, states “We who own slaves honor gods law”, which clearly shows the mindset old Southerners used to maintain. It is clear from the story that it occurred in times where racial discrimination was assumed as a social normality. Emily had an African American servant, Tobe, who served her up until her passing which resulted in him leaving to never be seen again. Another resemblance Faulkner makes to symbolize Emily as the south is by relating her decline in life to what the northern part of America planned to be a total bloodshed warfare. In events such as Sherman’s march to the sea, the union soldiers destroyed a lot of the south. Emily appears to be a devastation of what she once was, just as the South looked beautiful before the war and then crumbling to a fall during the reconstruction period. Faulkner creates his character, Emily, to serve as an extended metaphor. Faulkner states, “When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument…”(133). By comparing Emily to a monument, the author is describing Emily’s prominence in the town as a representative of what life used to be in the old South before war. Faulkner shows connection through the modernist movement and also the main character throughout his writing by portraying Emily as rejecting the advancement of her town due to influences of the war.
Throughout this writing, Faulkner is able to concentrate on the relationships that Emily possesses, such as her father and her lover. One of the most negatively influential relations that she maintained was with her father. Emily’s father is portrayed as a strict, oppressive figure who restrains her from having any kind of sexual or intimate relationship with men. Throughout Emily’s life, she complies to her fathers will and is severely affected by his dominant personality. She is grown to become numb to...