The Grierson house is so symbolic because it had once been a hub of activity with china painting lessons and guests. This is significant as it suggests that Miss Emily is still rooted in the past which in turn suggests that she is still living her life bound by old traditions. He had not only lent his service as colonel in the civil war. A woman named Miss Emily, brought up in the world of a high socialite, is shown to have a fatal issue with letting go of the past and starting new beginnings. Faulkner writes about how Miss Emily loses her father and he is the only person she has in her life. As a result of the south's defeat, the abolition of slavery, and the period of Reconstruction that followed the war, Emily and the other citizens in A Rose for Emily find themselves in a changing world.
She is also not accepting of the changing times and flat out refuses to change with them. The men did not want to interfere, but at last the ladies forced the Baptist minister--Miss Emily's people were Episcopal-- to call upon her. Faulkner belonged to a once-wealthy family of former plantation owners eNotes. . She just stood in the door and listened quietly until the spokesman came to a stumbling halt. In the story, A Rose for Emily, Faulkner writes about love and the effect it can have on a person.
In this story the setting is a reflection of the character as much as the town. Despite Colonel Sartoris being dead for ten years Miss Emily instructs the men to talk to him. Upon a chair hung the suit, carefully folded; beneath it the two mute shoes and the discarded socks. The town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character. Although Faulkner does not present this idea in a clear sentence that directly indicates that, he implies this idea through the story. What types of conflict physical, moral, intellectual, or emotional do you see in this story? There are other facts in the story that would disagree with this….
They even take it upon themselves to try to correct her mistakes by calling on her cousins while she was involved with Homer. Setting often provides more then just a mere backdrop for the action in the story. Tobe, miss Emily's servant, lets in the town women and then leaves by the backdoor forever. The social construct of the early nineteenth century created a hierarchy in the South that was reminiscent of feudal times- a nobility of rich and exclusive landowning families, and a peasantry of the general public. She is still trying to maintain the role of the southern women, dignified and proper while struggling with all the other issues in her life and dealing with the madness that is said to run in her family.
Emily's house is where Emily spent most of her life in isolation after the death of her father. In the story The Lottery the author uses foreshadowing and The Yellow Wallpaper imagery and in A Rose for Emily metaphors. The two female cousins came at once. We learn about the main character Miss. Her father had and was close to a very popular mayor named Colonel Sartoris. In the end, they really got what they wanted.
At the same time, she was ostracized by the town and therefore felt completely alone. The townspeople seem oddly fascinated with Miss Emily as a relic of an older time. The Negro led them into the parlor. This man, Homer Baron, gave Emily the courage to be social and active. We did not say she was crazy then. There is the fact that she refuses to accept that her father is dead, keeping his body in the house till townspeople eventually came to bury him.
And until his death she indeed does not. Faulkner's setting also helps the reader understand the mentality and actions of the town. She is doing what she feels necessary in response to the pressure placed on her by the town. Taken from his Selected Short Stories collection the story is narrated in the first person by an unnamed narrator and from the beginning of the story the reader realises that Faulkner may be exploring the theme of tradition and change. The physical setting, time setting and cultural settings are all important parts of this short story, Physical setting is to give the readers a sense of what the environment is for the story. The story only spoke briefly about the father, but what they did say made him out to be somewhat controlling person.
One of us lifted something from it, and leaning forward, that faint and invisible dust dry and acrid in the nostrils, we saw a long strand of iron-gray hair. After some time has passed, the door to a sealed upstairs room that had not been opened in forty years is broken down by the townspeople. The story doubles back and tells us that, not too long after her father died, Emily begins dating Homer Barron, a Northerner who was in town on a sidewalk-building project. Emily helped give us a better understanding of female oppression and empowerment by her actions in this story. As he grew up he got to meet Phil Stone who became his mentor. Audience as well as critics frequently assume that in the event that the story was written linearly, in series, it would not be much of a storyline.
The actions of Miss Emily range from eccentric to absurd but it is the readers understanding of the setting that keep the story believable. In the , A Rose for Emily, Colonel Sartoris was mentioned as the influential figure that Miss Emily would use to seek refuge from paying her taxes. Then, when he died, people in the town pitied Emily. So they took the gentlemanly way out: they sprinkled lime around the house in the dead of night and the smell was eventually gone. They watched and debated her every move, being her analyst, they wondering why she did certain things.
The town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character. Byrne believes that a reader comes to understand Emily by what the town thinks of her. He's seen entering Miss Emily's house. The tax notice was also enclosed, without comment. A week later the mayor wrote her himself, offering to call or to send his car for her, and received in reply a note on paper of an archaic shape, in a thin, flowing calligraphy in faded ink, to the effect that she no longer went out at all. The citizenry were faced with a collective economic crisis and were forced to readjust with alternate sources of income. For one thing, she is an aristocrat, and his job doing manual labor would be beneath her station in life.