Emily Grierson: To Be or Not To Be a Lady
Emily Grierson (A Rose for Emily, 1930)/ Maud Faulkner
'A Rose for Emily' is divided into five parts. Part one opens at the time of protagonist Emily Grierson's death (a protagonist is the main character in a story). The entire community attends Emily's funeral, but as the narrator suggests, no one really knew Emily. The narrator is the person telling any given story. In this case, the narrator is unnamed and assumed to be one of the townspeople. As the narrator tells the reader, no one really knew Emily. Emily rarely went out, had never been married, and died alone at age 74. Her entire existence was a puzzle for the townspeople to piece together.
1. Why did Emily Grierson murder her lover? Did she really kill him?
This tale covers several decades in the life of the protagonist, Emily Grierson. In a typically Faulknerian style, the reader is led back and forth over time by an unidentified narrator, known only as we. The viewpoint is that of generations of observers in Miss Emily's southern town who have watched and speculated about her since she was a young woman living under the thumb of a father characterized as controlling.
WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went toher funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affectionfor a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosityto see the inside of her house, which no one save an oldman-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in atleast ten years.Comparisons and Contrasts of Emily Grierson and Granny WeatherallThis essay is about the similarities and differences between William Faulkner"s, A Rose For Emily, and Katherine Anne Porter"s, The Jilting of Granny Weatherall. ... Emily Grierson and Granny Weatherall actually have more things in common in ways then were originally seen when the stories are first read. ... Emily Grierson is described as coming from a wealthy family and lived in the upper class area of town while she was grown up, which as she grew older started to become the bad part of town. ... With this said one can say t...It is difficult to imagine a character more bizarre than Emily Grierson in William Faulkner's short story "A Rose for Emily." ... Tobe had a complex, caring relationship with Emily Grierson. ... Tobe may have been born a slave on the Grierson plantation or come there as a small child. ... Tobe may have taken over the role of father for Emily Grierson after her own father died. ... It is reasonable to assume that Tobe did care for Emily Grierson even though his dedication to her her seemed misplaced and strange. ...Emily Grierson is given special treatment simply because of who she is. Despite several negative actions she takes throughout the story, Emily, because she is a Grierson, seems to aa,¬Å"do no wrongaa,¬ in the eyes of community. ... Emily is excused from her actions occurs in the town pharmacy, when Emily requests arsenic with no real reason for having it. ... Emily, and her reclusive lifestyle. When Emily begins a relationship with a Mr. ...