Isolation And Death : A Rose For Emily By William Faulkner Essay

The setting, the main characters, and the narrator for the short story “A Rose for Emily” by William Faulkner, give it a theme of isolation and death. The setting of a small town helps you focus on the main house, Miss Emily’s House, and you see the changes around her house and how the house remains the same as years go by. The main character, Miss Emily, Homer Barron, and the servant, are important people because they each connect with the isolation and death. The narrator also helps to display the themes with the words that are used when describing the setting, the character, and then separating away from the other people to connect with Miss Emily to understand what was going through her head.

The setting is based on a small town where it seems that everybody knows everybody and notice everything. The changes in the town is a representation of the changes in the world, but they are more noticeable because the town is small and this helps focus on the main object. You see the changes throughout the years, like when they started having taxes and when mail service started. These were changes that Miss Emily didn’t want to accept. The only place that remained the same was her old house, so she decides to isolate herself in her house and not give in to these changes. This makes the main focus, Miss Emily’s house, because that is where she spends her whole life isolated after her father’s death. The narrator describes Miss Emily’s house and the smell as, “It smelled of dust and disuse–a close, dank smell.” (Faulkner, I) the dust symbolizes death and old. Everything in the house is basically dust and dust is built when something remains the same and it’s not cleaned. The word “dust” is also used a lot to describe everything around Mi…

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…nd the way the narrator describes what the town people see from afar. The setting is a small town that focuses on Miss Emily’s house. The main character, Miss Emily, and her servant are the only people that remain the same, even though at the same time physically changing while the town around them changes in a lot of ways. Homer Barron become an important character because of his isolation, connection with Miss Emily, which led to his death. The narrator explains that the town’s people have a hard time forcing Miss Emily to change her ways because they also recognize that she is basically a historical figure. Throughout the whole story, you see Miss Emily having a hard time recognizing the changes of the town, and letting go of her love ones that died. Her isolation made her create her own world and in her own world, Homer’s death body kept her from feeling lonely.

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