An Analysis of the Sections in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”
English Composition 1102
An Analysis of the Conflicts in William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily”
A. Opening Statement
B. Author Information
A. Section One
B. Section Two
C. Section Three
D. Section Four
E. Section Five
V. Works Cited
William Faulkner’s “A Rose for Emily” is the story of an eccentric spinster, Emily Grierson. Emily lived a luxurious life in a poor southern state, obeying her overbearing father until her ultimate death. “A Rose for Emily” begins with the ...view middle of the document...
He was a below average student, and dropped out of high school when he was just fifteen. After a brief stint as a clerk for Winchester Repeating Arms Company, he volunteered to serve in World War I. He initially hope to become a pilot and fight the Germans in the skies over France; however he was rejected for flight duty due to his height. He later signed with the Royal Canadian Air Force (RCAF) as a pilot, but the war ended before he saw any action.
After the war, Faulkner came back to Oxford, attended the University of Mississippi as a special student, and began to write for the school papers and magazines. Despite the earlier publication of several novels, when Faulkner published “A Rose for Emily” he was still struggling to make a name for himself in the United States. Faulkner left behind a large body of work that effectively told the story of the American South, from the years following the Civil War to the Depression of 1929.
Faulkner went on to publish almost twenty novels, several volumes of short fiction, and two volumes of poetry. He won two Pulitzer Prizes, A National Book award, and the Nobel Prize for Literature. He died in Byhalia, Mississippi on July 6, 1962, at the age of sixty-four.
In section I, the narrator recalls the time of Emily Grierson’s death and how the entire town attended her funeral in her home, which no stranger had entered for more than ten years. In a once-elegant, upscale neighborhood, Emily’s house is the last vestige of the grandeur of a lost era. Colonel Sartoris, the town’s previous mayor, had suspended Emily’s tax responsibilities to the town after her father’s death, justifying...