A Rose for Emily
This classic Southern gothic story was chosen as a Moderators' Choice for members of On the Southern Literary Trail for October, 2014.
WHEN Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant--a combined gardener and cook--had seen in at leas...more
"and the very old men--some in their brushed Confederate uniforms--on the porch and the lawn, talking of Miss Emily as if she had been a contemporary of theirs, believing that they had danced with her and courted her perhaps, confusing time with its mathematical progression, as the old do, to whom all the past is not a diminishing road but, instead, a huge meadow which no winter ever quite touches, divided...more
I don't want to spoil the story or the amazing plot, so please just read it!
Emily is a member of the Southern aristocracy. After the Civil War, the family continues to live as before, ignoring the hardship and that the house is falling apart. They deny that they are anything else than aristocracy, and Emily turns down proposals because of t...more
Poor lonely Emily though.....I felt so sorry for her having a mean old father who turns away all her suitors.....but eventually.....Emily does find.....(view spoiler)[.....and forever keeps.....a man of her own....more
This story is set, if memory serves me right, in Jefferson, after the first world war. So, historical buffs out there...
Emily Grierson. I think it will be nearly impossible for me to forget her name. It brings a chill to my spine. Even though she was "flat", I didn't hate her for it. Although I can't say she's very much sane....more
A Rose for Emily is probably one of the most macabre stories I have read from William Faulkner. It is really short and from the beginning lines it really is not clear what direction the story is going to go in, but the more you read the more apparent it is where Faulkner decided to go with it. I can honestly say t...more
This is disturbing gothic necrophilia of the first order, and I did NOT see the last line of this story coming. How unsettling.
Faulkner really delves into the more murky, psychological side of the gothic here instead of relying on its traditional set pieces (endangered young heroine, decaying castles, etc.).
Emily really channels a darker Miss Havisham from GREAT EXPECTATIONS. And like Miss Havisham, Emily is obsessed with holding onto...more
~SKELETON IN CLOSET, YOU SAY?
Doubtless we all have our own "dark spots" in history, but Miss Emily was 'da gal. I shuddered with horror at the end of this necrophilia story and the way old view reversed itself in the new view: all the respect and tolerance the city people showed to Miss Emily... in comparison with what they discovered about her in the end.
Just as Faulkner himself, I pity her greatly. Mentally unstable, unloved, with lost hope for a better life.
I read this short story onli...more
Taught it twice to different classes, worried each time that the kids wouldn't dig on it.
Happy to report that I was wrong both times, I was pleased and gladdened that it really seemed to go over well and I enjoyed reading the papers (more than expected) that came back.
Also, I thought I was a sharp cookie when the comparison between Emily and Lady Haversham...
Uhhh, actually, not so much. A couple freshmen made the connection without me even bringing it up.
Good on them, though. Very happy to...more
Miss Emily had a difficult life after her father’s death, she is a motherless child.
So, when her father died she refused t...more
امیلی،از خانواده ای اصیل زاده،سنتی و مغرور است.اگر هومر را نماد مدرنیته بدانیم؛ آنچه رخ میدهد کشته شدن مدرنیسم توسط سنتگرایان ست.جایی که امیلی توان تغییر و تطبیق خود با معیارهای امروزی هومررا نداشت، با کشتنش او را تبدیل به جسدی سرد چون نیاکانش کرده و در کنار جسد وی زندگی را میگذراند.. در حقیقت میتوان گفت هومر را با معیارهای خود تطبیق میدهد..
در این داستان هم امیلی و هم هومر دارای نقاط ضعفی بوده و هیج یک کامل نیستند و در نهایت هردو میمیرند،هم سنت و هم تجدد
I also noticed that he writes a lot more about race (i.e. black/white tension in the south) than I had realized, but my favorite parts were the ones where he touches upon aging and the pressures of southern society.
Barn Burning and An Order of Verbena were my favorite of the lot be...more
As for Mr. Faulkner, I am going to visit you very soon. I don't know if you will see me at the door, or like the acrid smell that pervades Emily's house, you will grab hold of my senses. But, I will visit you soon. For readi...more
I liked the feeling of mystery that I got and I definitely wanted to know what would happen with every passing paragraph, but it just didn't tell me everything I had hoped to find out. I think this is purely because of the narrator. He or she doesn't know what really happened, so he/she couldn't really say what wa...more
This is a beautiful story, with no need for a spoiler alert…here’s the proof:
“When Miss Emily Grierson died, our whole town went to her funeral: the men through a sort of respectful affection for a fallen monument, the women mostly out of curiosity to see the inside of her house, which no one save an old man-servant—a combined gardener and cook—had seen in at least ten years….”
This is how the story starts, and you know from the beginning what hap...more
No tengo palabras para describir este libro aun estoy muy shokeada. Me encantó, pero simplemente no se que decir aun no puedo creer como termino aunque me lo esperaba.
Frase que me marco: (view spoiler)["Así pues, la señorita Emily venció a los regidores que fueron a visitarla del mismo modo que treinta años antes había vencido a los padres de los mismos regidores, en aquel asunto del olor." (hide spoiler)] esta frase es muy clave para los que leen esta historia
Final: (view spoiler)[El hom...more
I think it's my first story to finish it completly without preparing
myself with Arabich edition.
I had to read it as a homework and i found that it was recommended alot so i decided to read it today... actually i felt that i'm lost almost to third chapter, i didn't recognize why they reommend this? i was about to sleep very angry of it but then i insisted to finish it today ... gradually i felt fear and at the end i felt disgust .. I think the reason wh...more
The majority of his works are based in his native state of Mississippi. Though his work was published as earl...more
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grimace of love, had cuckolded him. What was left of him, rotted beneath what was left of the nightshirt, had become inextricable from the bed in which he lay; and upon him and upon the pillow beside him lay that even coating of the patient and biding dust.
Then we noticed that in the second pillow was the indentation of a head. 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-grey hair.”