After her father died Emily met a lover and that lover sexuality leads her to completely shut herself from society. By understanding A Rose for Emily one can see how much of an impact setting can have on the life of a person. She explains it is just for rats. The story is not chronological, but completely out of order, adding mystery and climax. Besides helping the reader understand the motivations and events in the story, the setting also changed the tone of the story. As a living monument to the past, she represents the traditions that people wish to respect and honor. By presenting the story in terms of present and past events, he could examine how they influence each other.
Even after Emily's father died, his presence and impact on his daughter were still apparent. The actions of Miss Emily range from eccentric to absurd but it is the readers understanding of the setting that keep the story believable. Still, you can use this as a guide to help make sense of some of the confusing moments. His decision to ban all men from her life drives her to kill the first man she is attracted to and can be with, Homer Barron, in order to keep him with her permanently. They are called in to prevent Emily and Homer from marrying; however, they are later sent back home so that the two can be wed. They even take it upon themselves to try to correct her mistakes by calling on her cousins while she was involved with Homer. It then proceeds in a to the narrator's recollections of Emily's archaic and increasingly strange behavior throughout the years.
The town does nothing to stop these events, merely entertain the idea. The physical setting was parallel to the social change that was taking place at the time and could be used to symbolize the breakdown of the old structures that had once held their society up. Recently the topic of whether or not Homer is homosexual has been discussed and whether or not it factors into the story. There was also the depiction of a cursed land due to slavery and the class structure based upon it and that no matter how the people clung to the glorious past and soldier on, there was a tarnished way of life that leads to an impending ruin. Setting often provides more then just a mere backdrop for the action in the story.
In regards their being a pride in the lack of social change, there is still a deep disdain for those who would dare inter-date between the social castes. The outside of the large, square frame house is lavishly decorated 182. Technically, puny and small are synonyms, but the imagery that each conveys is vastly different, and therefore the meaning of each is altered. Emily life was a very hard life that contributed to her psychological disaster. It also emphasizes Miss Emily's insanity, isolation. Thus, she could have murdered him out of affection as well as spite.
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 town is more than just the setting in the story; it takes on its own characterization alongside Emily the main character. Since nobody in the town ever knew what was really going on in Emily's house, there are numerous holes and gaps in this history. It is also revealed at the end of the story that she went as far as poisoning Homer, keeping his dead body in his house, and sleeping next to him as well. This is shown in the story through Emily's conflicts with the town and her refusal of cooperation. Homer Barron - Emily's romantic interest. After the death of her father and the disappearance of her fiancé, she secludes herself in the old decrypt house her father left her.
The situations that arise in the story develop in large part because many Southerners who lived during the didn't know what to do when their whole way of life you know: slave labor-based economy ended. At the very beginning of the story we learn that Miss Emily is not to pay taxes in Jefferson after her father passes, due to an arrangement set up by the elder mayor Colonel Sartoris. Emily continuing to sleep next to Homer's body can be seen as the south holding on to an ideal that is no longer feasible. Emily during his life did not pay taxes ever since he met Colonel Sartoris simply because it was whispered by the past mayor that the city was indebted to her family. Faulkner uses these elements to lead his characters to an epiphany of letting go of out-dated traditions and customs.
Thomas wrote about an idea introduced to him by his students, that Homer was homosexual, possibly providing another reason for his murder. Control and its repercussions is a persistent theme throughout the story. Emily holds the second view as well, except that for her there is no bottleneck dividing her from the meadow of the past. William Faulkner published this story in the 1930s, Skinner had published his critical response in 1985. This was because Emily had already seen his plans of the marriage not working.
Setting of a Rose For Emily Emily helped give us a better understanding of female oppression and empowerment by her actions in this story. It is also revealed at the end of the story that she went as far as poisoning Homer, keeping his dead body in his house, and sleeping next to him as well. Homer brought innovation to the rapidly changing world of this Southern town. 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. Likewise, the antiquated traditions of the south often harmful, such as in the treatment of black people had remained acceptable, as that was their way of living.
The Narrator - An unnamed member s of the town who watched the events of Emily's life unfold in its entirety. 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 reader is only shown Emily from an external perspective, we can not ascertain whether she acts in a rational manner or not. She poisons him and keeps him locked away in her room; she did not want to lose the only other person she had ever loved, so she made his stay permanent. The point of view according to Skinner is of immediate relevance to the story as the chief character, the narrator tells the chronology of the story.