Reaction to the Reading of "A Rose for Emily" by William Faulkner

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My Reaction to Reading "A Rose for Emily"

July 13, 2011

My Reaction to Reading "A Rose for Emily"
“A Rose for Emily” was written by William Faulkner and is set shortly after the Civil War. In this paper I believe that Faulkner was trying to create a story about a woman in love that wanted a family and a normal life. When she does find a man that she believes could give her the life she has been longing for she also finds that he does not truly want her, and in the end this causes Emily to murder him. Faulkner is a brilliant writer who in this short story draws a picture of the life of a girl who was house bound most of her life because of her father. After his death she thought that she could find a normal life of her own. I found myself reading and hoping that she would find this life and love that she longed for.
In the short story “A Rose for Emily” the story starts at the end, with her death and then after talking about her funeral Faulkner then writes about her life and how she became the woman she ended up being. The story begins with the townspeople talking of the death of Emily. The first line of the story starts, “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 Negro manservant-a combined gardener and cook-had seen in at least ten years.” I always think it is strange when a writer chooses to start a story with the end of the story, but with this particular story it worked quite well. When you begin reading you find that the people of this town held a great interest about the life of Emily Grierson and then as you read on in the story you learn of Miss Emily’s life and how she grew up with a father who wanted her to stay at home. The story goes on to tell how after…...

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