A rose for emily

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  • A Rose For Emily
  • A Rose For Emily is set in a post-civil war southern town ripe with the southern attitude of the time.
  • Faulkner was a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force.
  • Won the 1949 Noble Prize for Literature
  • Awarded the 1955 pulitzer Prize in fiction
  • Themes include Death, Isolation, and Change
  • The narrator is an unspecified male towns-person reminiscing about Miss Emily
  • Metaphor: " the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument," Miss Emily is compared to a 'fallen monument of the town.
  • Alliteration: "We did not say.... We believed... We remembered ... and we knew that with nothing left,"
  • Imagery: "On a tarnished gilt easel before the fireplace stood a crayon portrait of Miss Emily's father" Faulkner paints a picture of the room with his words.
  • Figurative Language
  • The story begins with Emily's funeral, then jumps backwards to when she was a young woman. The story somewhat stays in that setting, then describes her aging. After, it goes 30 years back into the past, talking about Emily's house and how it smelled. After, it jumps back again, talking about during the time Emily's father was still alive, and continues in this time as Homer was introduced. Then it jumps into the future again when Emily is an old lady. The story ends with referring to the end of the funeral and finding Homer in Emily's bed.
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