Analysis Of ‘ A Rose For Emily ‘ And ‘ The Rocking Horse Winner ‘ Essay

Luck and love have always been two very important and contradicting themes in many stories. Children and adults would go above and beyond to receive their parent’s affection and approval even to the point of death and isolation. At times this creates a dysfunctional aspect in the family’s lives. “A Rose for Emily” and “The Rocking Horse Winner” have very similar symbol meanings and themes explaining the dysfunctional family, love and luck.

“A Rose for Emily” begins with the foreshadowing of Emilys funeral. The story then takes the reader to explain what had occurred over the years leading to Emily’s death. Emily Grierson had become the last member of an aristocratic southern family who had been raisd by her widowed father. Growing up< Emilys father has cut hre off from most social contact and all courtship. When emilys father dies she refuses to awcknowledge his death for days, reinforcing her isolation from the community. Later on a man named Homer Barron and his crew come to town to build a sidewalk. Emily takes an interest in Barron and is then seen with him. Barron tells his friends that he is not the marrying kind. Later on Emily buys arsenic refusing to tell what it was for.

The minister tries to convince Emily that the relationship is improper but she refuses to listen. The Ministers wife then invites emilys cousins but they leave soon after. Emily is seen buying a silver toiletry mens set and Barron is seen entering the home but ever coming out. A very strong eminent odor begins to form and does not disappear until the aldermen sneak into the property late at night and spread lime around the perimeters of her home rather than confronting the problem. Emilys servant became the only one who enteres and leaves the house. …

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…g the unhappy house always whispering, “There must be more money! There must be more money!” (101). Paul is determined to find luck after a conversation he has with his mother telling him she would rather have luck over money because luck brings in the money. Although nothing was said openly paul accepts the unspoken invitation of taking his father spot in fulfilling his mothers happiness. Little by little pauls purpose becomes fulfilled when he gets the help of the gardener, Bassett, and begins betting money on the horse races. Later on paul confides in his uncle Oscar, whom he consideres lucky because his winning streak started with the money his uncle provided.

Paul, Oscar, and bassett continue betting on the horses until they reach pauls goals of five thousand pounds to give to his mother for her birthday and will be distributed to her over the net five years.

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