A Rose For Emily English Project
By marisah2018, Updated
"A Rose For Emily" is a short story that starts with the funeral of Miss Emily, but uses a series of flashbacks to give background to the story. The story takes place in the small, nosy town of Jefferson in the 1800s. Since the town is so small and close knit, everyone is in each other's business and gossip goes around fast. So the town gossips about Miss Emily and all of her strange habits. Miss Emily represents the old south because of her resistance to change and to accept the changes going on around her. She also represents the old south because of the way her father always pushed old southern values on her and said no man would ever be good enough for her, so she convinced herself just that. The theme of this story is isolation and its effects. Miss Emily was isolated from the world by her father. The effects were her never being able to be free and when she was, she couldn't accept it. So she continued to stay in isolation because that was the only way she knew how to live.
Miss Emily's Funeral (Exposition)
The Board Of Aldermen (Rising Action)
The "Smell" (Rising Action)
Miss Emily Grierson was an elderly woman with iron gray hair in the town. Many people considered her a fallen monument. For the last 10 years, she remained in isolation and no one had seen her except for her old servant, Tobe .
The Death Of Miss Emily's Father (Rising Action)
As a result of many people feeling bad for Miss Emily, after her father's death, Colonel Sartosis convinced her that her father lent the town money, so she didn't have to pay taxes. When Colonel Sartosis died, the Board of Alderman decided to talk to Miss Emily, to convince her to pay taxes. When they got there they were greeted by her servant, Tobe. They tried tell Miss Emily that Colonel Sartosis was dead and that she had to pay, but she kept interrupting them and denying it. They eventually gave up and left.
Miss Emily's Relationship (Rising Action)
Before that incident, there had been a disgusting smell coming out of Miss Emily's house. Many people complained about it, but no one wanted to bother a poor woman like Miss Emily, but eventually the smell got really bad so the Board of Aldermen had to do something. So the mayor, Judge Stevens, made the decision to send four men to spread lime at night to mask the odor. As the men crossed the lawn, they saw Miss Emily watching them in the window, motionless.
Miss Emily Goes Shopping (Conflict)
When Miss Emily's father died, many people were glad because they now had a reason to pity Miss Emily. When they came to offer their condolences, they were shocked because they did not see her in mourning, She refused to believe that her father was dead and wouldn't let them take the body for three days. Eventually when she did, she had a mental breakdown.
Eventually, Miss Emily was seen with a man named Homer Barron. Many people were happy for her at first, but then they found out that he was a northerner and a day labourer. Then, they pitied her yet again. Despite their assumptions. she still held her head high.
Miss Emily went to the drug store & asked for arsenic without giving a reason. People assumed she would use it on herself, but despite all of the gossip of the people and her relationship problems, nothing happened. A while after, Homer Barron disappeared, but Miss Emily was seen buying a men's toilet set with HB engraved on it & a men's outfit. The townspeople assumed Homer Barron & Miss Emily got married. Three days later, Homer Barron was seen going into Miss Emily's house, but that was the last time they saw him.
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